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dyeing beads with Rit dye / elizabethcraneswartz.comafter complaining the other day that I was tapped out for inspiration I've been flooded with ideas. like can't fall asleep because my brain won't shut down. one of the ideas I had was for a different way to treat the wooden beads I use in my designs. there are multiple howto's on the google for dyeing wood beads (here's Rit dye's own post) but the general gist is this:

  • pre-soak your beads for 15-20 minutes to make them more porous
  • everyone agrees hot water is better with the dye
  • the ratio of water::dye will affect the color saturation - I used 2/3 of the bottle to 8 cups of water which might've been overkill
  • you can toss them in the dye loose but the beads float so stringing them on floral wire (and attach to sides of dye bath container) helps keep them submerged - note: lightweight stringing wire is not strong enough to keep them submerged but it's all I had
  • the longer you soak, the more saturated the color - if I had started with more dye from the beginning, it wouldn't have taken over 60 minutes to reach the really saturated color I wanted
  • Rit says to rinse the beads, HRH Martha says to let dry overnight - I let mine air dry
  • sealing beads is optional and most recommend polyurethane spray - I sealed mine because I didn't rinse them and I was worried they'd run if I didn't. I used mod podge

dyeing beads with Rit dye / elizabethcraneswartz.comI started with too much water and not enough dye - this is 'teal' from Rit. dyeing beads with Rit dye / elizabethcraneswartz.comthis is 8 cups of water with 2/3 of the bottle of dye. dyeing beads with Rit dye / elizabethcraneswartz.comI was hoping for the color stained on the towel but 24 hours later the beads are still this hunter green color which I'm okay with, too. I'll show you the finished product once I've got something all put together but dyeing is only the beginning.