Optical Grade Bead Hole and Glass Ring Polish
Polishing Techniques and Instructions
For Sparkling-Clear Transparents!
Bead Releases and lampworking techniques vary just as much as our creations. As a result, we’re often left with inner bead-hole surfaces that detract from the appreciation (and value!) of an otherwise beautiful transparent art bead.
ZAPPZ! Bead Hole & Glass Ring Polish makes it possible to have crystal-clear transparent bead holes time after time, even under the most demanding conditions. And unlike the other “fixes” we’ve all tried, ZAPPZ! results are fast, permanent and flat-out amazing. Simply put, the inside of your bead will be just as invisibly clear and glossy as the outside, and will look wet when perfectly dry. FOREVER..!
Please note that you must ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION while grinding or polishing glass, for obvious reasons.
Step 1: Bead Release Removal - It’s important to note that ZAPPZ! is a glass polish, not a bead release cleaner. Before polishing (and after annealing) all bead release must be cleaned from the bead hole by your normal procedure. For best results, we recommend using Zippz! Bead Release, which cleans out completely in most cases with a soapy soak and a few swipes of a mandrel. Even if you work the bead extremely molten, with lots of marvering (a torture test for bead cleaning) the most you’ll need to do is dip a mandrel in Zippz! Bead Release and scrub it through the bead a few times to remove any trace residue that didn’t wash out with normal cleaning.
Step 2: Satin-Finish Polishing – This is a necessary step whether you’re seeking a satin or high-gloss finish. Working over a sink, thoroughly wet the cellulose sponge provided and use it to hold the bead during polishing. Dip a smooth mandrel (same size used to make the bead) into ZAPPZ!, and run it back and forth through the bead hole while turning the bead and applying pressure with the mandrel to scrub all sides of the hole. The sponge will provide enough water to foam up the polish, which helps it work faster. Some pressure is needed during this step to grind down the relatively rough glass surface… more pressure equals less polishing time. Rinse, re-dip the mandrel, flip the bead end-for-end, and repeat. You’ll know when you’re done because the “scratchiness” you feel during this step will smooth out. Rinse completely and dry for satin finish or complete step 3.
Step 3: High-Gloss Polishing – Insert one of the small nylon brushes provided into your Dremel (or equivalent), and dip it into the bottle of ZAPPZ! DO NOT run the Dremel until the brush has been inserted in the bead hole! Use the sponge provided to hold the bead, which should be positioned near the edge, with the sponge folded over it. Working over a sink, insert the brush into the bead hole and start the Dremel at half-speed, if possible. Apply NO side pressure during this step. Just allow the brush and Dremel to do all the polishing work. If foaming does not occur quickly, wet the sponge some more under a trickle of water. Do not open the sponge while polishing! Polish for 30-60 seconds, then rinse and repeat, making sure plenty of foam is generated. Give the bead a final rinse and run a clean pipe cleaner through it, then dry & ENJOY your sparkling-clear creation!