If the beads have a greasy feel to them, I wash them first with diluted dish detergent. Let them soak in a container of it for a bit and then gently rub one of the beads with a finger, to insure the paint is not coming off. Then I rinse them and lay them on paper towels to dry. I take them apart and arrange them in little metal tins on a dollar store plastic tray lined with felt or a piece of a vellux blanket. If the paint is flaking and I want to preserve it, I coat them with clear nail polish. Often this will bring out the colors in the beads and make them more vibrant.
I like to use my tabletop mannequin to hang pieces off of when I design. I want to see the placement on the neckline and collarbone area. I like to see the drape and swag of the piece.
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