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For those that put beads in their paint to help with shaking what sized beads do you use? I was looking at some 8mm hematite beads but I want to be sure I get something that won't stick in the tip.

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Glass beads work very nicely as well, 8mm or less I believe. 

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Are you looking at 8mm beads or #8 beads?  The ones I have are about the size of #6 beads, I think, #8 would be a touch small.  8mm beads would barely fit in the bottle, so I'm thinking that's not what you meant....

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13 minutes ago, LittleBluberry said:

Are you looking at 8mm beads or #8 beads?  The ones I have are about the size of #6 beads, I think, #8 would be a touch small.  8mm beads would barely fit in the bottle, so I'm thinking that's not what you meant....

 

I was looking at 8mm, I never bothered to pull out a ruler and check the bottles. >.< I'll look into something smaller.

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Like knarthex I use fishing split shot as my agitators.  They gave a good density so they are pretty effective.

 

I tried glass in some VGC and it does not work very well for paints that really settle out. 

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16 minutes ago, Auberon said:

Like knarthex I use fishing split shot as my agitators.  They gave a good density so they are pretty effective.

 

I tried glass in some VGC and it does not work very well for paints that really settle out. 

 

I also tried some glass beads and they didn't work very well. I know hematite is heavier so I'm hoping that will do it. I also have other uses for the beads.

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15 minutes ago, SparrowMarie said:

 

I also tried some glass beads and they didn't work very well. I know hematite is heavier so I'm hoping that will do it. I also have other uses for the beads.

 

Yeah, hematite is oxidized iron and about twice the density of glass. Hematite beads work pretty well as agitators.

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Small fishing split-shot sinkers.

Tungsten is more expensive, but more environmentally friendly.

Lead is cheaper but freaks people out.  Both are non-reactive with regards to paint.

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14 hours ago, SparrowMarie said:

For those that put beads in their paint to help with shaking what sized beads do you use? I was looking at some 8mm hematite beads but I want to be sure I get something that won't stick in the tip.

Reaper puts glass beads in all of our Master Series Paints. 

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20 hours ago, SparrowMarie said:

For those that put beads in their paint to help with shaking what sized beads do you use? I was looking at some 8mm hematite beads but I want to be sure I get something that won't stick in the tip.

Thats what I use, duuno bout size but its a hematite bead

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I ordered both 6mm & 8mm hematite beads from Amazon a couple years ago to use as agitators. They both fit fine in Reaper bottles, but I prefer the 6mm ones. They're plenty heavy and actually move easier in thicker paint than the 8mm ones. The difference is so noticeable that when I ran out of the 6mm, I ordered another pack, even though I still have plenty 8mm beads left. 

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I imagine nail polish agitators would be okay? I mean, they're intended to be suspended in what is essentially paint as well. Has anyone tried them?

 

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