Welcome to Whitecap Creations "Gems of Land and Sea" webstore! I am posting to tell you about my hand painted beads. They are hand painted by me with non toxic paint. The bead is air dried for several days to harden the paint, then heat treated. I like the beads to air dry for at least a week. Heat treating them creates a scratch resistant surface. Hand painted beads should not be exposed to hot water or harsh chemicals. If you need to clean the item, I suggest that you use cold water and very mild detergent. Exposure to hot water will cause the paint to liquify, and should this happen , immediately remove the bead from the hot water, and leave to air dry. The paint will return to its former hardened scratch resistant state.