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
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.
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)
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.