|Extruded strands with mica powders applied before twisting|
Here are the long bead tubes after baking. To seal the mica powders we like to spray them first with the PYM11 (Preserve Your Memories 11). It was much easier to spray them first before cutting into bead lengths. This way the mica powders wouldn't rub off during the cutting process. To make cutting easier, we warmed the tubes first in the oven and then used a sharp, rigid tissue blade for cutting.
We then applied several coats of Pledge (Future) and then baked again at 200 F to harden the finish.
Here they are a few strung on the memory wire as bracelets. We like adding our own clay rondelle spacer beads in with the twisted tubes.
To see our tutorial on how to make your own memory wire bracelets you can click here. Making the beads and the bracelets are a lot of fun and so we have been making them in a wide assortment of colors.