Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dyed wooden beaded necklace from Martha!

This is one my "to do" craft list!  I think these would be so much fun to do and give as gifts for the holidays.  Thank you Martha (as always!). 

A quick dye gives unfinished beads a beachy, weathered look. These monochromatic necklaces, strung on leather cord, can be worn solo or piled on for effect.

Unfinished wooden beads are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk. Ours range from 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, with 35 to 90 beads per necklace. Dye a few and let them dry for 15 minutes to test a hue.

Step 1

String wooden beads onto leather cord to determine how many to dye. Transfer beads onto floral wire. In a nonreactive bowl, mix 8 cups boiling water with dye.

Color Recipes

Submerge beads until desired shade is achieved. (Once dry, the color will be much lighter.) The dyes are from

Yellow: 2 teaspoons Yellow

Blue-Green: 1/2 teaspoon Teal, 1/4 teaspoon Taupe

Light Blue: 1 teaspoon Evening Blue

Dark Blue: 1/4 teaspoon Denim Blue, 1/4 teaspoon Taupe, 1/4 teaspoon Teal

 Step 2
Bend wire ends upward. Wearing rubber gloves, submerge beads for 2 to 6 minutes, agitating gently.

Step 3

Let dry overnight on paper towels. To seal beads (optional), spray with polyurethane, following manufacturer's directions; let dry. Restring beads on leather cord; knot and trim ends.

Celebrate Perfectly!


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