I wore it to church on Sunday and received several compliments. I know something is a success when other people like it!
The fail was in my attempt to dye pearls with a natural dye--in my case, red onion skins. Martha Stewart has a really great project for dyeing pearls with Rit Dye, but I found a thing online listing ways to do it with natural materials. I opted to try red onions because I didn't particularly want to go out and buy bottles of dye. That was just me being
Back in my bridesmaid days, it seems like the brides were always giving strings of pearls to me to wear in the wedding. They've all just sat in my jewelry box ever since because I'm an admitted jewelry snob who would rather wear my real pearls. I decided to put these fakes to use by attempting to dye them and use them in new pieces of jewelry. Part of crafting is finding new uses for old things, after all!
Well, here's the thing. Martha Stewart's instructions call for glass pearls. I assume you really need glass pearls for the natural dyes, too. But I have no idea what these fake pearls are made of. I was just experimenting.
|Pearls placed in double boiler|
|Red onion skins added to make a nice purplish dye|
The bracelet I threw in didn't really pick up any color at all. (And bits of the beads are flaking off now.) The necklace took on a greenish-yellow tint. It's actually not a terrible color, but against my skin tone, it will make me look sick. Now, I could probably make a necklace out of it like the turquoise one in the first picture, but I would definitely have to give it to someone who doesn't have my fair, pink skin tone.
Bit of a craft fail? Yes. But I did enjoy trying it out, and I wasn't out any money for it, which is a good thing.