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Old 2012-10-15, 8:41pm
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A few years ago I had to clean the bead release out of some crystal clear bead I had made. I ran out of my regular cleaner so put on my thinking cap. Since I use vinegar for my windows I just dumped a handfull of beads in a glass of vinegar, Mom called and when I got back to the beads the bead release had almost disolved out of the mandrel holes as if by magic. It only took a turn or two with my diamond drill to get it 100% out.
If you have transparent glass beads give it a try. I've even used it on beads I had made and cleaned with my regular old stuff and the vinegar leaned those as well
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Old 2012-10-15, 9:32pm
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Thanks for the tip, Liz!! I will give it a try.
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Old 2012-10-15, 9:34pm
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Old 2012-10-19, 3:44pm
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Great Tip - ty ty
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Old 2012-10-19, 3:48pm
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Thanks! I'm curious on what your regular cleaner is too
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Old 2012-10-19, 4:05pm
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Doesn't vinegar remove reduction sheen though? I think you have to be careful using it, depending on the bead.
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Old 2012-10-20, 7:51am
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I am a transparent glass freak! Thanks for the tip.

I'm going to try it.
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Old 2012-10-20, 8:50am
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I wonder if it does that to our teeth. Hmmm, might limit that Italian dressing tonight.
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Old 2012-10-23, 7:48am
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It doesn't seem to have any effect on the DH reduction glass I use. I've soaked the reduction glass beads in vinegar for 3-4 ndays at a time and it hasnt bothered the reduction in any way. I hate to clean the beads I make so sometimes it takes ma a few days to get to the ones I am soaking in vinegar.
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Old 2012-10-28, 3:25pm
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Thank you Liz, I've been having a heck of a time cleaning my transparent beads just tried the vinegar and it' great, thanks again.
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Old 2012-10-28, 6:43pm
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OK people, how long in the vinegar?

I have had to large focals soaking now for over 6 hours and have gotten a lot out with a stiff brush I have that fits in the 2.5 mm holes. But there is still a lot there.

Will this give a very clear core? Trying to avoid the 'etched' look that results from the dremel and diamond bit drill.
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