Tip for working with dyed stone

I made one of those leather wrap bracelets the other day using some dyed magnesite and it tuned out beautiful. I tried it on and after awhile I began to notice that it was turning my arm blue! I mentioned this to Lindsay of House of Introspection, and she gave me this tip for leaching out excess dye from the beads.

Apparently, you just need some warm, soapy water.

Here’s what I did:

  • I popped a cup of water into the microwave for a minute. That way I wouldn’t waste water waiting for it to get warm from the faucet.
  • I put some dish soap in the bottom of a plastic container, added the water and the beads.
  • Right away the excess dye began to leach out.
  • I left them to soak a couple hours while I was out to dinner, and the water turned noticeably blue.

I did the same with my red beads, but hardly any excess dye leached from them. I like using gemstones, but I make tons of leather wrap bracelets. So, I like to use magnesite for the stone “look” and the pretty colors, but at a more affordable price. This tip will keep me from turning my customers arms blue!

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  • avatar Mandy October 12, 2011, 6:25 am

    Nice tip Mandi! I will try this! AND pass it along!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth October 13, 2011, 5:27 am

    Thanks for sharing my tip, Mandy! Glad it was helpful : )

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