There is something about wood that makes it appealing. A home or office can appear to be enhanced with the addition of hardwood floors or strategically placed wood-panelling. The hottest trend in interior design of many luxury automobiles, will include some sort of wood effects, as part of the trim.
Wooden beads can be used in jewelry making, but the appeal may not be the same. These beads are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk quantities. They may be available in various sizes, and shapes, but the appearance of unfinished wood worn around the neck as a necklace may not create the desired effect. Wooden beads are supplied in unfinished conditions to provide the user with the ability to customise them as is necessary.
A necklace made of wooden beads can easily become much more attractive if the beads are dyed. Dyeing wooden beads is a very simple process, that can be completed in a few minutes. To make the beads more porus, you can soak them in boiled water for at least 30 minutes.
Pour a cup of boiled water into a mixing bowl and add two teaspoons of your colour of food dye. Add the soaked beads to the water dye mixture. You can adjust the colour, by adjusting the amount of dye that you use. Soak the beads in the dye for at least 30 minutes, before removing them with a slotted spoon or net or strainer.
The beads should be placed on a paper towel and allowed to dry for at least 24 hours, before they are used. The wooden beads can then be sealed with a light spray of polyurethane coating, that can also some protection from effects such as light and moisture. Your beads may be ready to use after the coating has dried, and by stringing the beads on a leather cord, with end knots, you can have a very attractive necklace that can be worn with many of your favorite clothing items.
The use of these beads in making jewelry offers a lot of flexibility as you can easily customize your items to any colour. Mix wooden beads with others of different shapes and sizes to create and eclectic mix of items. You can use these beads; not only for jewelry, but you will seat covers, curtains and ornaments made of wooden beads. The wood used for making beads used in jewelry is light, but the beads can withstand some wear and tear, and your necklace can be a cherished item for a long time, as long as you take care of them.