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METALIZED PLASTIC BEADS

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Metalized plastic beads have a milky white plastic core and a metallic finish.  This finish might be gold or silver plated; it might be antiqued; it might be a mix of metallic and other colors as finishes.  As with any similar finish or plating, unless it has been varnished or antiqued, the finish will wear off over time.  This is due to interaction with the salts in a person's sweat or with the pollutants in the air around us.  In fact, because the plating does not adhere at all to the plastic, the plating will probably chip off long before the color wears off.   

 

Metalized plastic beads which have been antiqued with a black varnish stain, will hold up better over time, than those which have not.    The varnish creates a hardened shell around the bead, which is resistant to chipping.  The antiquing process, however, dissolves the chemical in the plating which gives the color its brightness.   This makes the beads a duller gold or a duller silver.

 

Because metalized plastic beads are so inexpensive, there are many more designs, sizes, and finishes to choose from, than other metal beads.    If you're designing fashion jewelry which will only be worn a few times, then these might be great choices for you.

 

Finish Codes:
AC - ANTIQUE COPPER
AG - ANTIQUE GOLD
AN - ANTIQUE NICKEL
AS - ANTIQUE SILVER
CP - COPPER
GM - GUNMETAL GP - GOLD-PLATE SP - SILVER-PLATE
BO - BRONZE
AB - ANTIQUE BRONZE
NK - NICKEL
IR - IMITATION RHODIUM PLATE (nickel color)
HG - HAMILTON GOLD PLATE
GT - GILT PLATE