How to Dye Rocks

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How to Dye Rocks
Dye your stones and rocks to use in colourful craft projects. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Porous rocks have the ability to soak up fabric dyes or food colouring when heated. The heat will open the pores and allow the colour to penetrate the rock's surface --- afterward, you can clean and polish them too. You may want to research or experiment with various rocks to determine whether or not they can be dyed --- igneous rocks, such as basalt, pumice and scoria, work well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rocks
  • Fabric dye/food colouring
  • Oven
  • Tongs
  • Bowl with cover

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  1. 1

    Clean your rocks thoroughly under running water. Dry with a napkin or cloth.

  2. 2

    Place rocks in the oven. Heat to approximately 93.3 degrees Celsius.

  3. 3

    Prepare your dye solution according to the package's instructions. Use heated water so that the hot rocks do not crack or split when placed in the dye.

  4. 4

    Remove rocks carefully from the oven with tongs. Place them in your heated dye solution and cover.

  5. 5

    Leave rocks submerged in the dye overnight. Remove and rinse.

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