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Batik Style Beads

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This is a guide about making batik style beads. Using a wax resist technique, you can make these beautiful beads. They are perfect for creating unique custom jewelry.
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September 1, 2011

If you'd like a quick and easy way to design your own jewellery, why not have a go at dyeing beads in a batik style. Batik is a traditional method of decorating cloth using wax and dye. The principle is that the parts covered in wax resist the dye. This same resist method can be used to dye wooden beads. What's more, with the terrific range of coloured dyes now available you can dye your beads to suit many tastes, which is ideal for gift making for friends and family. Have fun!

Approximate Time: 40 minutes for a set of beads plus drying time

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Instructions:

  1. Prepare the dye: wearing rubber gloves dissolve one tin of dye in 500ml/1 pint hottest tap water; stir well. You don't need to add salt or cold dye fix to a dye bath for use on wood.
  2. Use a wax crayon or oil pastel to draw patterns on a wooden bead. Make sure the wax layer is fairly thick.
  3. Using a spoon, lower the bead into the container of dye and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes. Lift the bead out with a spoon. Place it on a paper towel to dry. You will see the wax has 'resisted' the dye.
  4. Repeat the above steps to design more beads. Let dry thoroughly. Thread your beads onto a length of cord to make a necklace, or create other items of jewellery, instead.
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By Anne Davies from United Kingdom

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