How do you protect beads?
Coat your beads with clear acrylic spray paint before working with them. If you’re working with seed beads, one way to do this is to pour them into a plastic zip bag, spray a bit of paint into the bag, shake the bag to coat the beads, and pour them onto plastic sheeting to dry.
What beads do not fade?
A metallic glass bead will always be preferable to a surface finish. A 24k gold plated bead like 11-191 will still rub off over time, even though it lasts longer than a galvanized bead. A bead made from a metallic glass like 11-457 will last forever.
Do Preciosa beads fade?
Most seed bead finishes are usually quite resilient depending on the level of wear. Also, consider storing your beads away from sunlight. UV light can fade finishes. If using beads that you are aware will fade over time, be clever about how and where you use them.
Does sealing wax go bad?
Waxes will last a while. I’ve seen a sealant turn bad on some after like 4 years. The first wax I ever used was OTC mothers way before i joined this forum, that was five years ago. It still works fine.