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A Sea of Dye

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

February 12, 2014

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Project Description

DIY Seashell Dying. From the beginning of time, seashells are prized treasures produced by Mother Nature. They tell centuries of stories and hold secrets. Sailors valentines, dolls, jewelry, covered boxes, and displays can be made with them. In minutes you can customize store bought or found shells, starfish and seaglass with Rit Dye, hot water and white vinegar. Once dry you can use in so many projects. xo Lisa


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

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You'll Also Need

  •   various natural shells

  •    2 medium sized bowls

  •    tongs

  •    foil pan

  •    plastic spoon or stirrer

  •   latex gloves

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   paper plate

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   salt white vinegar

Step By Step

  1. Prep your surface. Lay plastic table cover on the surface you will working over. Put on your rubber or latex gloves

  2. Mix 2 tablespoons Rit liquid dye in color of choice, 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1 1/4 cups hot water in a plastic, or metal bowl and stir. Let steep for 20 minutes. For good hot water, heat some in the microwave in a glass bowl for 2 minutes. Repeat this process for each Rit Dye color.

  3. Place natural shells into the dye solution, let set for 10-15 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Remove the dyed shells when desired color is achieved and place onto a foil pan. Let dry. Repeat for each color of dye.

  4. Tips/Tricks: -Use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying process -Mix Rit dyes for more color choices.-Create Ombre shells, by dipping your dyed shells 1/2 way into another dye bath. -Dip your dyed shells in glue and dip into glitter or color sand.-Age your shells with cocoa liquid Rit Dye.

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