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catdaddytn
« on: October 08, 2009 05:39:22 PM »

I don't really know how to describe this, but I'll try.  I would like to locate a little, tube like thing, maybe plastic, but with a silvery color.  This was a piece in a bracelet.  The little tube things looked sort of flowy-like, maybe wavy.  The closest I can come up with to explain this piece is a tiny piece of plastic tubing, like for an aquarium.  Any idea/thoughts?  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009 08:13:43 AM »

Could you tell us something about the size of this "tubing?"  Iow, what diameter was it, and how long were the tubes?
Were they perfectly straight and rigid, or were they flexible?
And what does the "flowy wavy" description apply to? --the shape of the tube, or the pattern of the colorant, or what?

There are various kinds of plastic tubing used for cording for jewelry these days (like SoftGlass), and short lengths of regular vinyl tubing can be painted with some kinds of shimmery metallic paints, etc., too tho the tubing may shrink a bit for the paints that require heat setting (...some paint possibilities would be Luna Lights, Lumiere, Genesis).  It's also possible that some kinds of metallic waxes would work okay for flexible things like plastic (Gilder's Paste, Rub 'N Buff, etc), or even some regular metallic acrylic paints if the flex wouldn't be too much.
For more info on those things, if you're interested, check out these two pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm
.... click on Cords > Plastic, Stretchy (solid and tubes)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm
.... look under both Acrylics (thin-bodied) and Oils

(You can also *dye* vinyl or nylon tubing with things like a Rit dye bath with hot water and vinegar, if that's helpful.)

If the tubes were really rigid though (probably plastic or metal), that could be lots of different things too like various kinds of tube beads, tube beads made from polymer clay covered with a mica powder like Pearl Ex, etc., etc.

HTH,

Diane B.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2009 05:32:24 PM »

Diane,  Thanks for your diagnosis for my problem.  I will take a look at the links.  Wavy - flowy is the shape of the tube/bead.  The tubes were about one inch or less with a small diameter.  I don't think these were painted, but I'm not sure.  thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009 09:16:53 AM »

If the wavy-flowy was the actual shape of the bead, not just the impression the color may have given, then you might want to check out the many plastic tube beads that are available at bead stores as well as craft stores, and of course online to see if you can find the general type or even the specific one:

http://www.google.com/images?q=plastic+tube+beads
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=plastic+tube+beads

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=color+metallic+tube+beads
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=color+metal+tube+beads


Good luck!

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catdaddytn
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009 07:13:15 PM »

well, I have to admit that I feel like a ding a ling.  I went to a local craft show yesterday with my daughter.  I saw the bracelets with what I thought were little plastic looking tubes.  I must have lost my senses.  These bracelets are actually made with little, tiny silver tubes.  I don't know what I was thinking.  the bracelets had such a neat flow about them, they just looked like little plastic like tubes. 

Anyway, thanks for your guidance.  Sorry for my mistake.
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