Sunday, October 5, 2014
Disappointment - "Halo" Fire Polished Beads
I won't mention where I got them from, because it's not their fault, but I just received an order of quite a few colors of the new "Halo" finish fire polished beads. I was really looking forward to them because they look so pretty in the photos I've seen. The bad news is that nearly every bead is defective. It must have something to do with the way that they apply the gold finish because almost every bead has a little gold "nub" sticking out of at least one of the holes. That means that the beads aren't usable until I remove those sharp little nubs. For the price I paid, I expected to be able to just pick up the beads and use them without having to perform any extra steps to prepare the beads before using them. It's going to take me hours to file off the nubs on every single bead so that I won't have to remember to do this later. As you can imagine, trying to hold onto a tiny 3mm fire polish bead is no picnic. I can sort of manage it by inserting a needlepoint needle into one end while filing the other end. The only reason this works is because the needle is too fat to go all the way through the bead and out the other side. My other concern is that the sharp edges will cut my beading thread and eventually cause my beadwork to fall apart when the thread breaks.
Has anyone else had this experience with these beads? I bought them in six colors in 3mm and 4mm. Every batch has these sharp nubs so it can't be a fluke. Needless to say, I won't buy them again and I just wish that someone had warned me about this problem before I spent so much money on them. I was considering ordering some of the SuperDuo beads with the same Halo finish on them but I don't think I'll take a chance on them, especially since SuperDuos already have a tendency to have plugged holes.
You might not see the nubs in the photo at the top of this post, so here are a couple of close-ups of a few of the 4mm fire polished beads I just got:
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