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Old 2014-07-07, 12:57pm
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Default Getting bead release out of Hollow beads

How do you get the bead release out of your hollow beads? Is there a trick to it?
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Old 2014-07-07, 1:11pm
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Canned air will shoot it right out. It's also great for drying the inside of the bead.
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Old 2014-07-07, 1:41pm
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O yeah! Never thought of that! thanks!
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Old 2014-07-07, 2:52pm
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Or, if you ever used a knife blade to jimmy coins out of your piggy bank when you were a kid, you can use the same technique and use a needle or pin to jimmy dried bead release out of hollow beads. I use a tapered bead reamer and it works pretty well.
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Old 2014-07-07, 5:13pm
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Old 2014-07-07, 6:11pm
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I use a pressured plant sprayer. The type where you pump it manually a few times to increase the water pressure. Gets all the bits out and cleans the inside of the bead. Same idea as a waterpik.
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Old 2014-07-08, 11:58am
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thanks for the tips!
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Old 2014-07-09, 8:53am
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Another method is to smush the bead release into small pieces poking around with a mandrel, fill the bead with water and blow it out like an egg. Jeri
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Old 2014-07-09, 6:15pm
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Old 2014-07-13, 6:41pm
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Old 2014-07-21, 9:29am
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Cheap white vinegar dissolves bead release, if you have any remaining that is stuck or if it looks scummy.
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Old 2014-07-21, 11:07am
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I use a baby nose aspirator/ear wax type bulb syringe, works well
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