Sometimes when you want to wrap a cabochon, you back it with a product called Lacy's Stiff Stuff, which I sell at Bead Gallery. It comes in sheets that are white. So if you want the backing to better match the beads of your wrapped cab, you might want to dye it. I use Rit Dye, since it's easy to get. I got mine at the local grocery store.
To start the process, heat up about a cup of water in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. You want it very hot.
Put the Lacy's Stiff Stuff in the bottom of bowl and pour the hot water over it.
Add about 1 teaspoon of dye to your hot water. Stir it up so the dye is even throughout the water.
Stir the dye and the Stiff Stuff for a few minutes. It says to do this for 30 minutes on the package - I only did it for about 3-5 minutes.
When your piece it as dark as you would like, rinse it with cold water until the water runs clear.
Lay it on a bed of paper towels and then using more paper towels on top, squeeze out as much water as you can.
Let the Stiff Stuff air dry and you are ready to start working on your piece. I found that if you squeeze out the water enough, it only takes about 20 minutes to air dry.
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