One of the most important tasks the bead artist does is to make sure beads are clean before using them.
I was preparing to create a new item the other day. I gathered all of my strung peridot chips and started to take them off the strings to place them in a bowl. By the time I was done, my fingers were grey and those bead chips needed cleaning!
The easiest method for me was to put them in a small jar, add a tiny drop of mild dish soap, add some water, tighten the lid, and shake, shake, shake.
They then went into a mesh strainer and under running water to be rinsed well.
Placing the bead chips on a paper towel is the best way to lay them out to dry.
Leaving them to dry overnight ensures that all the moisture evaporates.
Now they are bone dry and ready to use — squeaky clean! This cleaning method works well with all types of beads; just remember some only may need a damp rag wiped across them, some need deeper cleaning, and use your best judgement in getting the grime off.
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