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Don’t make this mistake

About this design:

I was attempting to clean a clasp in a tarnish remover liquid. In only a second , I glanced up and my hand dropped down- thus the aqua terra agate stones went in the tarnish remover. - it ruined the beads. They looked like the left picture. Came out of the cleaner looking like the upper right picture. I alcohol inked the beads- bottom right picture. Lesson learned!


Beads, tarnish cleaner and words I should not have said!

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    What a way to take lemons & make lemonade! After their dip in the tarnish remover, I don’t think they actually look that bad–just a different effect. I have no idea how you used the ink on the beads, but the results are outstanding! Many of this style Agate beads are ‘treated’, so knowing that beforehand can save us from those ‘words we should never say’! Great save Robin & thanks so much for sharing your experience & solution. I’m glad it worked out, and now you have some great beads that would never have existed if it wasn’t for this ‘oops’.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    What a perfect save for such a large gasp accident! They may not look like the state beads, but are now beautiful one of a kind beads.

  3. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    What a brilliant save Robin. The new beads are quite beautiful.

  4. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    Yeah – um – can you accidentally do a full strand? :)
    Beautiful fix!

  5. Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 says:

    Ingenuity at it’s best….love it!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention and you have invented a whole new look with the inks. Love the new look. I know those words… and I’ve said them far too often.

  7. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    They turned out beautiful. Nice when you can fix an oopsie. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  8. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    You never know…what comes out of what we perceive as mistakes…comes out all for the better! I like the inked beads. I always use catsup to remove tarnish…on certain metals it works well.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Thanks so much for sharing Robin, a friend says to me often “there are

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    thegreenzebra says:

    ” there no mistakes, only solutions” and clearly you worked through your adversity – quite successfully! I love how your beads turned out!! I think I like them better than the original! Awesome job:)

  11. kye
    kye says:

    Wow how interesting. You know I like all three variations even the “mistakes”. It makes me want to play around with treated beads. Plus I really like how you used the alcohol inks. Those are fantastic. I learn so much from this site. Thanks Robin.

  12. G Junod
    G Junod says:

    I LOVE the new beads!!! They turned out so beautifully. I hope that you love them as much as everyone else seems to as well.

  13. Petunia
    Petunia says:

    I personally prefer the inked beads! Can you tell us how you did this?

  14. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    petunia- i accidently droped the beads in tarnx while cleaning the clasp to my necklace.- the color on the beads came off. so i just used alcohol ink and painted them. i used the alcohol ink pens.

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