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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2005 04:28:53 PM »

i got obsessed a while ago whith figuring out how to stiffen these kind of things and i found out that people ue the following...

* plain cheap white glue
*nail polish
*the starch you use to starch shirts
 
but they reccommended doing a test on some extra beads since sometimes the beads get duller after putting stuff on them.  i never tried any of these cause i didnt want to ruin my pretty beaddies. and i never got around to trying it on some extras..too many crafts to do...sigh..

i am gonna try to re-find the sites that talked about this
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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2005 05:30:53 AM »

Have you tried using fishing line? That's what I use for a lot of projects that need to be stiff, like beaded beads or pendants. It's sturdy, one spool will last for ages, it's cheap, and clear, so it goes with any kind of bead. The only things i would warn you about are the fact that you can't use a needle, you have to sting them directly on the line, and you can't break it by pulling (it bites into your hands~I have an interesting scar from when I tried to do that)
Hope this helps,I'll see if i can find a picture of what I use.
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2018 10:37:25 AM »

I've made these often

soak in Future Floor Wax then lay on waxed paper for a couple of days to dry.

They will be stiff. If you handle them to much they will bend etc (as will any treatment you do)... but you can resoak them anytime. Sometimes makes dyed beads bleed.

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