I recently had an extremely harrowing issue come up and I need to talk to you about it.
Dyed beads. Now I know there are some uses for dyed beads and they they come in unbelievable colors. They draw us in and say "look at me I am the color you are looking for". I am not saying that they are all bad by any means. This is just my first experience using good quality dyed beads that have sent me into a tizzy.
Here is what happened. I often buy seeds because the color calls to me. I hate to say it but I don't really look at labels. I began happily stitching a new pattern and as it was coming together I was noticing that the colors were not really what I was looking for. I first I thought it was one of those issues where in the tube they are gorgeous but individually the just don't show their color when they are not bunched together. Then something caught my eye. One of the beads looked cream. Cream? I am not using cream! So I ripped the element I was working on apart and this is what I saw.
Now I need to tell you I immediately looked at the tube and there it was highlighted "Dyed". OMG! No way! I know that the difference seems subtle but let me assure you when using them individually in the project it in your face.
So I asked a few questions of my friends and yes we have all had a horrible dyed experience. Mostly cheap beads that we all have purchased when we first started beading. Then I also learned that there is still a desire for dyed beads. The are often found in gemstone beads but they can also be found all over. Most of what I researched says that there are ways to retain the finish but I haven't yet tried those. I also discovered that reputable bead shop owners will label dyed beads so that you are well aware of what you are getting so my best advise is to check those labels. If you are unsure of what the finish will do ask your shop owner for their opinion as to if it will work with your project.
Just another handy dandy lesson learned that I thought I would share with you all.