HOLE AND CORD SPECIFICATIONS AND ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
All of our beads have a 2.5 mm hole and work best with 2 mm cord. In order to fit the cord through properly hold a lighter flame to the end of the cut cord for about 1 second then roll it between your fingers to seal it and make it "hard" and no longer able to fray. This melts the fibers together. Then you can thread the cord through the beads or clasps. Once you are done and have your clasps on and you make a double knot, melt the knot a bit and roll it to firm it into a solid ball. That will prevent it from coming apart.
WOOD CONDITIONING AND T-BALM
We condition our wood with a mix of organic oil (jojoba, olive, or coconut) and beeswax that we call T-Balm. Our T-Balm has no gluten, casein, corn, soy, sugar, vinegar, GMO products, yeast, parabens, latex, preservatives, petroleum, coloring, or perfumes. It's just pure oil and beeswax. The beeswax has been boiled long enough to kill botulism -- however, it is still always a risk as are any items with beeswax or honey products.
If you are unsure, just ask for a non-conditioned ring and we'll send it bare then you can use plain coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil to season it.
Our conditioner is completely safe to use as a lip balm, diaper balm, wood conditioner, skin conditioner, and more.
We do not condition our beads but you should.
CONDITIONING IS CRUCIAL TO AVOID CRACKED WOOD!!!
The air will pull moisture from anywhere, that includes all the wood in your house -- and your teethers and wood beads. They WILL crack if they are not conditioned regularly. You cannot condition them too much. It helps seal in their moisture -- it's the same principle as putting on lotion after a shower, it seals in the moisture.
You MUST condition the wood before you give it to your child because conditioning the wood protects it from fluids and basically waterproofs it. Important when your child will have it in their mouth. It also makes them easy to wash without ruining the wood (you must condition after washing).
You'll want to condition your wood every week or any time you wash the wood. We recommend a small lint free cloth (those ones that are for cleaning glasses are perfect) or a flat edged paint brush. Or you can use your fingers. Just rub it in and let it sit for a bit then rub some more in and then buff that with a lint free cloth.
You can buy the T-Balm (available in 0.4 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, and 4 oz) in our T Balm listing, which is enough for several weeks or a month depending on how often you condition your wood.
Our T-Balm can also be used on any of your child's wood toys, teethers, or rings regardless of who you purchased them from.