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Dyed Wooden Beads Necklace

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.

Introduction

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.

Materials

  • Wooden beads, by Woodworks, available at craftparts.com
  • Powder dye in Evening Blue, Denim Blue, Taupe, Teal, and Yellow, by Rit Dye, ritdye.comor crafts stores nationwide
  • Round leather cord, 2mm, in Iceburg, White, and Yellow, from Leather Cord
  • Polyurethane spray (optional, to seal beads)

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    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 ritdye.com.Yellow: 2 teaspoons YellowBlue-Green: 1/2 teaspoon Teal, 1/4 teaspoon TaupeLight Blue: 1 teaspoon Evening BlueDark Blue: 1/4 teaspoon Denim Blue, 1/4 teaspoon Taupe, 1/4 teaspoon Teal

  2. Step 2

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

  3. Step 3

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    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.