Make Neon-Dipped Beads!

Jul 11, 2012

I'm a big fan of the dipped furniture/housewares trend. You know, when just the bottom of a chair or a bowl is dipped in paint. Here are some examples of what I mean:

Table seen at homelife.com.au.

Bowls from Wind & Willow Home.

Chair from Folklore.

 

I thought it would be fun to try a similar treatment on plain wood beads. In honor of the neon trend, which was discussed in Chloe's post a few weeks ago, I decided to dip my beads in neon pink paint.


My necklace made with wood beads dipped in neon pink acrylic paint.

 

 Follow along as I show you what I did . . .


FIRST, I unwound a hanger and used heavy-duty wire cutters to cut off the bent ends. 

I rested the hanger wire over an old shoe box. This is where I dried my beads.

NEXT, I set up a newspaper-covered work surface.

Then, I cut down a small plastic cup and poured paint into it.

AFTER THAT, I dipped each bead in the paint, then slid it on the hanger wire to dry.

 

 

Enjoy!


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susand900 wrote
on Jul 27, 2013 2:42 PM

I used  Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a regular black inkwell ink to dye sea glass beads.  I used their blending solution to get the right color and let the beads sit in the solution for however long it takes to get the color I want.  It has worked real well but you must let the beads sit for a day or two to let the ink really dry or the ink color will fade from touching.  You can mix hundreds of colors.  I had to mix to match a color in a flower I liked, then made a bracelet with those colors.  It is way easier than trying to match a bead from an online picture or searching stores for the same.  But then I like to search those stores any way lol.