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Does anyone know how to remove alcohol inks from the skin? I am wretchedly stained...but it has been a great adventure!


Wavy ceramic discs, stained with Adirondack inks, freshwater pearls in lime green, magenta and denim blue, gold tone "potato chip" spacers, gold tone clasp and ear wires. Bracelet is strung on C-Flex .015 wire.

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  1. Donna Kate
    Donna Kate says:

    Beautiful! I love your choice of colors. As for the staining, I think if you use rubbing alcohol, it should take a lot of it off. Good luck with that!

  2. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    What happy colors! This looks like something you would wear in Rio,at Carnival time.
    Love the wavy discs and colored pearls. wow!!

  3. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    Beautiful colours! I love this set! I wish I was so creative! Well done!!!!

  4. sweetjane
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  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Have no idea, how about an alcohol,loving the set :D

  6. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I also would try alcohol, if that doesn’t work try nail polish remover…

  7. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Acetone (nail polish remover) isn’t doing the trick. I haven’t tried alcohol yet. Thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    So awesome!!!! Love the colors!

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    The alcohol mixer that goes with the inks also removes quite a bit of it, but I spent the last weekend with dark green cuticles until mine wore off. :) I think this is fabulous btw. :) Get some orange liquid lava soap. That also helps.

  10. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    That’s one way to develop a green thumb…

  11. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi Doktor~~~~I have never worked with stains,but I was thinking a sugar or salt scrub may help. Some of them have lot of oil in them.
    (Just a wild guess).

  12. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Comet is my new friend. :-) It doesn’t get into the deep cracks in my thumbs (the winter detroys my hands!) but does a pretty good job on the smooth stuff. Thanks, everyone!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Has anyone ever thought of using surgical gloves???? I use those when working with stains or dyes and they do the trick! Can get them anywhere.

  14. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    I thought of it but didn’t try them because I didn’t think my hands would be as nimble. I keep them on hand to wear under my gardening gloves, too…so perhaps I will try!

  15. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Due to chronic, severe excema and psoriasis on my hands, I have to wear gloves virtually all the time when making jewelry especially. However, I have resorted to using thin latex and/or nitrile exam gloves which I get at Rite-Aid.
    I prefer surgical gloves, but the cost is prohibitive for me (even when purchasing in bulk on-line) although they do fit much better, that’s for sure!
    My hands are nearly always ‘gloved’ and sometimes if I’m not doing intricate work, I wear very thin cotton gloves. I think I’ll start wearing ‘evening gloves’ as well; it’s time for them to make a big come-back :) LOL
    It’s is a pain though, because you do lose dexterity when wearing gloves and there’s nothing more frustrating than finding your glove is closed into a jump ring, or twisting into your wire when using the twisting gizmo thingy – LOL

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Nitrile is better than latex if you tend to have any kind of opencut, sore, or crack because the more your immune system is exposed to latex, the more likely you are to develope a latex allergy. It’s also better to wear nitrile even with no skin issues. I know they make really good thin ones because we have them in the lab. I still prefer to go gloveless because of dexterity issues and I consider stained hands a sign that I have been working hard. :)

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Chlorine in the comet and isopropol alcohol (rubbing alcohol) are very good solvents and cleaners.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I understand about dexterity, but I just use pliers to hold the object I am staining and small tweezers too. Its better than walking around with stained fingers/hands! LOL After years and years of doing artwork and jewelry, I’ve developed quite a few tricks of the trade! LOIS–I can relate to eczema problems, however mine isnt on my hands. It’s a nuisance isn’t it? Evening gloves….maybe with a tiara as well?? Hmmmmm…LOLOL

  19. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I’m with you on the staining of the hands! And I love the fiesta-Mardi Gras-party glam!

  20. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I wonder how that stuff auto mechanics use to degrease their hand would work? I think it has cleaning agents and a mild abrasive? Now what ia it called??? Goop, maybe?

  21. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I keep forgetting to ask. – did you color the pearls, too, or were you lucky enough to find ones that were a good match?

  22. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Eaka, the lime green pearls came to me pre-dyed. :-)

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