Inexpensive plastic chain and rope from the hardware store can be used to create these cool, bright, and inexpensive necklaces.


When I heard that Rit Dye launched a new product called Rit DyeMore that would dye synthetic materials I just had to try it out!  It’s every bit as cool as I had hoped, you can actually dye many plastics and other synthetic materials now!  The results are bright and fun.  There are so many new possibilities.  I have a feeling my craft projects are going to be a little bit more colorful from now on!

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This project is from my Summer 2015 issue!

You will need:

Rit DyeMore in the colors of your choice

white plastic chain

polyesther rope

craft saw or wire snips

  1. prepare the dye bath on the stovetop as stated in the DyeMore instructions on the bottle.
  2. place the length of chain in the dye bath and dye it a uniform deep color.
  3. bundle up your rope and dip dye parts of the rope to give it a lovely uneven watercolor effect.
  4. allow both the chain and rope to dry completely.
  5. cut two lengths of rope the desired length of your necklace. I made mine long.
  6. cut your chain about 4-6 inches shorter then your rope.
  7. weave each of the two pieces of rope in and out of the chain links.
  8. tie the ends of the rope into a knot and trim excess rope.
  9. wear and enjoy!


Rit DyeMore will work on most synthetic materials.  I experimented with many different items to find materials that took the color best.  It’s such a fun process!

Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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