Dyed stones can present some interesting challenges. Not only is it important that the manufacturer uses the correct dye and a thorough process, they have to be aware that the stone finish can radically change the color-fastness of the dye.

Since we basically invented a matte finish on dyed Crazy Lace Agate, we’ve had some learning to do and improved the manufacturing process to make the color stick to the stones and NOT your customers.
We do as much as we can on our end to make the highest quality color-enhanced stone, and then do a little extra post-production.

I’ve personally done a little experimenting with regular finish and matte finish, because what good is working around beads if you can’t do a little experimentation. You can check out my first color-fast blog HERE. I thought the results were pretty impressive. I don’t have any pictures of my most recent experiments with sealants, but I did spray a couple strands with matte Krylon sealant. It didn’t change the appearance of the finish, but I want to give it a few more days before I tout this as a good option. Since I’m not sure if the chemicals in the sealant might react adversely to the dye long-term, this is definitely a “don’t try this at home”.

In less than a week, I leave for a sunny vacation. I’m planning to make a couple bracelets with a variety of color-enhanced and plated stones. Guess what I plan to do? Wear them 24/7 in sand, sea, pool, and sun to see what happens. You’ll be able to monitor the status of my “(Try) To Trash The Beads” experiment on Facebook and Instagram. You’ll also get a full report on the blog in a couple weeks.

Got any stone types or materials you’d like me to abuse? I’m planning to include a mix of natural, color-enhanced, plated, soft and hard stones, along with wood, glass, metal and a couple types of crystal.

You can comment or email [email protected] with your requests.

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