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Dyed Seashells

Dyeing seashells is similar to dyeing Easter eggs. This summer, you can display a keepsake from the beach at home in any color you choose.

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Refer to our Color Wheel for suggested dye mixtures and time.

materials

  • White seashells
  • Food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Bowls or containers
  • Spoons
  • Paper towels

steps

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge a seashell completely. Use a spoon to mix.
  2. Submerge seashells in dye mixture and refer to our color wheel for recommended time. To create different tints, vary the dipping time. (Tip: Using tongs helps to handle seashells more easily.)
  3. Line a tray, such as a baking tray or a cooling rack, with paper towels. Remove seashells from dye and place on paper towels to dry. (Tip: A pin-board is also handy.)

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