How to stain your own wooden beads
Wooden beads are an excellent choice for jewelry making as they are an incredibly versatile piece of equipment. This type of bead is strong and lightweight, which means that they are an excellent choice for people who want to look stylish even when they are away from home, or for those who want something that is suitable to wear, even when doing sports. . One of the best things about wooden items is that they are a natural option for those who do not want synthetics. However, sometimes simple beads are not suitable for the jewelry you want to make. Fortunately, it is very easy to dye wood beads with natural dyes, to help you get the color of the beads you need to complete your project. Here’s a quick guide on how to dye your own beads with natural dye:
For this project, you will need to start by assembling boiling water, wooden beads, natural dye (for some projects you may be able to use food coloring, but in these cases you should avoid wearing your jewelry in any circumstance where it can get very wet ), rubber gloves, an old glass bowl, a metal slotted spoon, and some paper towels.
Start by filling the container with boiling water and adding the wooden beads that you want to stain. Leave the pearls in the water for about 20 minutes, as this will help make them more porous and allow them to better absorb the dye. Remove the pearls from the water and pour in the water.
Refill the container with fresh boiling water and add the dye as needed. Different dyes will require different amounts to be used, so it is best to consult the instructions for the product you are using, however, as a general rule, the more dye you use, the more vivid the resulting color will be. Remember that you are only staining the wooden beads, so the end results will never be wildly brilliant beads. You should probably use about 2 teaspoons of the dye in a bowl of water.
Add the water softened wooden beads to the bowl and let them sit in the stained water for an additional 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the beads from the water with the slotted spoon (or a strainer) and shake them gently to allow the excess water or dye to drain back into the container. Lay the wood beads on a thick layer of paper towels to help absorb any excess water that remains and to prevent wet beads from coming into contact with other surfaces that can absorb the stain. Make sure to let the freshly dyed pearls dry for at least 24 hours before wearing. If the pearls are still wet at the end of 24 hours, you have to wait a bit longer or the dye may still stain your fingers.