*Pricing is for Base Metals, any use of Precious Metals will be at increased pricing.
• BRACELETS from $25 to $90*
• NECKLACES from $15 to $90*
• EARRINGS from $15 to $50*
• RINGS from $15 to $35*
Warning! There are some colors and finishes that just don’t last. Any dyed or galvanized bead is very likely
to fade or wear off over time. The new Duracoat Galvanized beads use an improved version of this finish.
They last much much longer than the original Galvanized beads and Miyuki has been producing an ever
increasing line of colors and finishes. The life of the finish varies dramatically depending on use and on the
person using it. Some beads will fade after just one wear, especially in hot or humid weather, or if a person
has high skin acidity. A bead that wears off quickly on one customer may last for many months or years
when worn by another. If you aren't sure about the finish of a specific bead, Miyuki provides a wonderful
durability chart. It's a great reference and will help you decide what beads are best for what project.
Dyed beads come in a variety of pinks, purples and reds that are impossible to create except with a dyed
glass. They will often fade under natural or artificial light, when in contact with skin, and after laundering or
dry cleaning. Beaders often notice that there are no good substitutes for these colors, which is the reason
they are still manufactured even though they will often lose their bright colors. Possible substitutions for a
dyed seed bead include opaque colors which do not run or fade.
Galvanized metal beads are created by an unstable surface treatment or chemical wash that give a metallic
coating to the bead’s surface. They were originally designed for loom weaving for pieces that would be kept
under glass. Because the bright metal colored beads can only be created using a galvanized finish, they are
still manufactured despite the fact that their finish can rub off. A metallic glass bead will always be preferable
to a surface finish. A 24k gold plated bead will still rub off over time, even though it lasts longer than a galvanized bead. A bead made from a metallic glass will last forever.
Galvanized beads can begin to rub off while the beaded piece is still being created. This is especially noticeable
in very small beadweaving projects (earrings and rings) where the entire project is held in the hand and turned
round and round, or in sculptural projects where friction may cause the beads to rub together.
There are instances when you should be careful with the glass seed beads used in my handmade jewelry.
All bead items are delicate! Please handle with care. Items should not be worn when using chemicals or
during any strenuous physical activity. Tugging, yanking, etc. could lead to deterioration in the item's strength.
Colors or finish may be changed by bleach or oxidation.
Colors or the finish on the beads may rub off with strong friction.
Colors or finish may fade with direct UV sunlight.
~ Excessive heat could fade colors, avoid direct sun, hot furnace, heat lamps or a hot sauna.
~ Cosmetics: jewelry doesn’t like them. Avoid surface damage by putting jewelry on last.
Be sure jewelry is not exposed while using spray cosmetics, perfumes and lotions.
~ Avoid swimming in the pool or ocean as either chlorine or sea salt can cause corrosion or color change.
~ Avoid sleeping in jewelry that can cause injury to the wearer.
~ Treat your jewelry with care, it will add enjoyment to your life for a long time.
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