Monday, March 28, 2011

How To: Tea-Dyed Bone Beads



I recently took out my stash of bone beads. I've had many of them since I started making jewelry, which would make them vintage according to Etsy's 20 year law! I wanted to dye some of them with tea to give them an antiqued, rustic look. Where to go to find out the info?

I remember a while back reading something on Lisa's blog. Sure enough, I found what I was looking for. A convo or two later with this fab woman and I was good to go.


Here's how I did it, in case anyone else is interested.

I put two tea bags (black tea) in a one quart size yogurt container.

Pour in one cup boiling water

Add beads

Leave overnite

Take out. Rinse. Dry. Use.


The pictures of the deer pendants give you a good idea of the before and after. I like the tea stained one best. John likes the white, natural one. They are both available in my Etsy shop in a limted number.

Until next time.....

1 comment:

Our Lunar Eclipse said...

That came out great. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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