For color consistency, dye a few test pearls and use a stopwatch to time how long you keep each in the dye (We tested ours at five, 10, 20, and 30 seconds, and one, two, and five minutes). Attach the pearls to a card, noting the time next to each, and use this reference chart to choose the saturation of color you prefer.
To create the colors we made, add the following to the hot water and vinegar in step 1:
2 teaspoons golden yellow powdered Rit Dye
1 teaspoon tan liquid Rit Dye
We kept these pearls in the dye for five seconds.
1 teaspoon mauve powdered Rit Dye
2 teaspoons tan liquid Rit Dye
We kept these pearls in the dye for 30 seconds.
Resources: Glass pearls are available at elveerosenberg.com. Crimping pliers, crimpable beads, and monofilament are available at metalliferous.com. Silk ribbon is available at tinseltrading.com. Rit dye can be purchased at ritdye.com. Brush-on nail glue is available at most pharmacies.