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