How to Dye Stiff Stuff to match your project
This one couldn't really be called FUN, but at least is is EASY! I really like the idea of dyeing the Stiff Stuff to match your beadwork (or other project); it creates a much more professional appearance for your item. Besides; it's pretty! I use Rit Dye to do it; you can use other brands(ARE there other brands?!) and still get the same result. You can use the powdered stuff if you want, but I prefer the liquid. It is soooo easy to use! I will decide what pieces I'm going to make, pick out the cabochon(s) and beads, then choose the type of piece (pendant, barrette, etc) and decide what color(s) of dye will complement the piece the best. Get the Stiff Stuff ready by cutting it to the size needed. Then, I just boil some water, a couple of cups or so, then (carefully!) pour about 1/2 cup of the boiling water into individual glass pie plates. Then add about a Tablespoon or so of the liquid dye. It will disperse immediately, but you can stir it around if you want. Then, add your pieces of Stiff Stuff. I usually take it out of the dye after only a couple of minutes; thats usually all the time needed. Then I rinse it well under cold running water. (you should probably wear rubber gloves for this part, I don't; one of those "do as I say, not as I do" things! :) I place it right away on several thick layers of paper towels, let sit for a minute, then cover with more thick layers of paper towels and press down hard all over it to absorb as much water as possible. Then let sit to air dry. And, VOILA! Your DONE! See, I told you it was easy!! Now, what to do with the left over dye water? Throw in some Mother of Pearl beads and let them soak for awhile....oooohh, Pretty!! You can do it will any light colored, fairly porous bead or cabochon. You can dye beads with many different things, but alas, that's another article! :) P.S. You can now just pour any remaining dye water down the drain. it's safe to do so!