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Can You Tint Pearls

Dear Jennifer,
Is possible to dye (tint) pearls with Rit Dye? Obviously, I don’t mean genuine pearls, but the costume variety. Thanks for whatever information you can give me.
Joann

Joann,
I really don’t know about this. You could try it and see. There are small packets of reactive dyes at Michaels in limited colors. Start there. If that doesn’t work, get a catalog from www.dharmatrading.com and read it carefully. You might be able use an airbrush paint – but these have to be heat-set, either in the oven or with a hair dryer.
In general, no dye is going to stick to plastic or acrylic, so you are not going to be able to dye the outside surface. There may be some surface of the faux pearl, like the inside perhaps (along the drilled area), that dye will adhere to.
Seems like it would be easier to buy pearls in the color you desire.
Have fun!
Jennifer

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