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Old 2021-10-25, 7:13am
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I’ve seen posts before but cannot find them on finishing the cleaning of the beads to make the center more translucent. When I clean my beads, I either use my bead reamer/ cleaner or my Drexel. Both ways leave the etched center to my beads. It’s no big deal on an opaque bead, but on the transparent, i want to have the center be more translucent. I’ve tried beeswax with olive oil, clear nail polish,,,,but I wanted to know if there is something else that I could use. The nail polish fumes just aren’t good for me and the beeswax mixture doesn’t give me what I’m looking for. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Old 2021-10-25, 1:34pm
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Jo Ann,

I have developed a specialty product for enhancing and protecting etched glass.
It is called “Bead Butter” and I sell it on etsy. https://www.etsy.com/listing/9565831...nal-for-etched
It is made from all natural and organic products.

Many of my customers buy Bead Butter specifically because it helps to create better looking bead holes on transparent beads.
I suggest applying the Bead Butter to a cotton swab and running it through the bead hole after it is cleaned of bead release.

This is a photo, contributed by Christiana Hancox, that illustrates what Bead Butter can do.
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Old 2021-10-25, 4:26pm
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I would also suggest cleaning the bead with the mandrel it was made on. Takes longer and I can't promise it will work with all bead release.
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