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Coloring strip off from galvanized finish beads

Was: Your jewelry business threatened by the economy?

I launched a new website last month, but there was a large
problem. The beads I had been weaving with had a flaw and, after a
short time, the plating completely broke down and the pieces I made
(and all the photos) are now useless. 

Kimberly - From looking at your items (without the luxury of being
able to handle your beads in person), it looks as if your beads are a
galvanized finish bead. If that is the case, it is not unusual for
the coloring to strip off relatively quickly - it is quite normal for
that type of bead. If you want a more permanent finish you will need
to use actual 22 Karat or 24 Karat plated, or 24 Karat lined beads in
the work. Those cost more, but they actually have a lot more
stability over time. If you want to see the difference, check my
website in the seed beads, metallics,
section and look through the beads. Or if you have specific
questions, I’d be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.

BBR - Sandi Graves
Stormcloud Trading Co (Beadstorm)
Saint Paul, Minnesota