Why spend money on a bunch of colored gems when you can make your own custom colored gems and pearls with permanent markers?
I always end up with too many or not enough of a certain color and this has been a great way to always have the color I need easily available.
The solution: cut the individual gems off the backing sheet or just cut them away from the rest of the strand and then color them with a marker. "Sharpies" and "Bic Mark It" are the two main brands, and the sets come in lots of colors.
Once your gems are colored, you can cut them away from the strand with an exacto knife and then use the knife to place the gem onto your project. When you have the gem set into place, then you can press it down onto your project with your finger. The possibilities are endless!
Here are several projects that use this technique—some use clear gemstones that have been custom colored and others use white pearls.
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