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stacysews
« on: August 20, 2006 12:31:08 PM »

Well, I'm not really sure where to put this, but since it's Halloween related, I thought that I would start here.  I wanted to make some blackish roses - something that started off red and slowly turning black toward the edges for my daughter's halloween costume.  Something along the lines of this:

http://i20.ebayimg.com/02/i/07/14/84/73_1_b.JPG

Does anyone know how to do this?  Does regular dye work for fake flowers?  or would I be better off just buying black flowers (which are incredibly difficult to find in craft stores, BTW) instead?

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2006 12:42:01 PM »

I would recomend using a sharoie to outline the edges then with some rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, or anything of the like, working the ink in to the design you want.

Hope that helps.

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ljk708
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2006 01:22:34 PM »

They make floral dyes for flowers, comes in a spray bottle. Might check in the craft stores or online for it. For prom I wanted a black orchid for my date and the florist just sprayed one black with the dye.
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stacysews
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2006 06:13:08 PM »

Those are both great ideas, thanks.  I may try the spray paint first, just because it sounds less labor intensive!
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ljk708
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2006 11:44:34 PM »

Since you have to buy the flowers (unless you already have them) why not.....................http://www.save-on-crafts.com/blacsilros20.html
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stacysews
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2006 08:30:44 PM »

Well, I went ahead and purchased some floral spray paint and some (1/2 price) floral bushes today and here's what I got:



The flowers turned out much darker in real life - I'm really happy with the way they turned out.  There's still enough red that make them look just like they are starting to decay.  The floral spray was extremely easy to use too - thanks for the tip.  I'm going to have to remember this for future projects!
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ljk708
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2006 12:18:03 AM »

Turned out great, glad you found the spray paint and it worked out for you.
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