How to Dye and Wood Burn Beads

Wood burned and dyed beads by Jennifer Perkins

Wood burning and beads – who knew they went together so well.  Throw in some fabric dye and thin yarn for a pop of color and you are really taking plain round wooden craft store beads to places they have never been before.  I got my start as a jewelry designer and though I don’t play with beads as often as I once did when I do I’m more interested in taking jewelry components and making them into something entirely new.

Dyed wooden Beads by Jennifer Perkins

You can dye wooden beads just like you dye clothing.  Mix fabric dye according to package instructions and soak wooden beads 6-8 hours. Be sure to rinse beads off well before making into jewelry so they do not stain your skin.

Wood burning beads by Jennifer Perkins

Using a soldering iron or a tool specifically for wood burning carefully make designs on your beads.  Polka dots, small asterisks or dashes are a good place to start.  Wood burning is easier than you might think.  It’s like drawing with a heated pencil.

Dyed and wood burned beads by Jennifer Perkins

What do you think?  What is the craziest thing you have ever done to plain wooden beads?  I’m always looking for new ideas!

How to Wood Burn Beads by Jennifer Perkins

***I was compensated & given free supplies by I Love to Create. Mama has gotta pay the bills somehow and really who in their right mind would say no to free craft supplies***

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6 Responses to “How to Dye and Wood Burn Beads”

  1. vintagevixenarts

    Well us artsy crafter's must be in the wood bead,wood burnin mood because my sister Vintagehoneybee just made a chunky Wilma necklace, and I burned a portrait and just bought a pack o' bead's to burn myself! And I'm lovin your spin on it as well!

    • Jennifer

      Hey Natalie thanks for inspiring me. I need to dust that bad boy off and make some other things!


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