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My Sealing Process!

on June 5, 2017
Good Evening My Paper Bead Friends! 
So many have asked and I thought I had already posted my sealing process
 but after checking, I realize I loaded the pics and nothing more...
I currently am using a dipping method for sealing my paper beads! 
This is the box that I have 10 cup hooks screwed in to the top of the box
 to hold my strands once I dip. As you can see at the end of my strands, 
I have what I call "junk beads"! They are beads I roll out of junk paper
 that I put at the end of the strands to catch the excess gloss.
 I dip the beads and allow the excess to drip back into the can
 to save as much as I can. Once I've dipped them, I allow them to dry
 at least 12 hrs. but 24 hrs is better!
Once dry, I pull them off the hooks and pop them apart. They usually just
 snap apart but occasionally they are left with a bit of residue
 and when that happens, I will either sand them down or trim the excess
 with a pair of small tipped scissors!
That is the process that currently works for me! What's working for you? 
I'd love to hear about it! Until next time, Happy Beading!

12 responses to “My Sealing Process!

  1. Patrice Allison says:

    Dahling I hope your staying safe with chemicals. 😘

  2. Vallee Rose says:

    Thanks for sharing. That is cool.

  3. Paula Jablonka Binder says:

    So, one dip in polycryclic? Much easier than my current method of two or more dips in acrylic. Are these more water resistant? Thanks for sharing!

  4. crochetmommie says:

    I used to use Janice Mae’s Vibrance, but it never gave me that thick, glossy shine I was looking for, & I was dipping 3x!! Plus, it tends to yellow the beads over time. Now I use DecoArt Triple Thick. I dip once, then let dry a full 24 hours. I’ve finally got the look that I’ve wanted all along!! 🙂

  5. Gaile Larive says:

    I just bought the polycrylic and will try your process. Just one dip will do it right. Will let you know how it turns out. You’ve been so helpful. Thanks.

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