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Topic: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks*  (Read 137498 times)
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« Reply #40 on: October 29, 2006 10:32:47 AM »

ohh.. thanks!! Smiley it should be in the laundry aisle of walmart;)
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« Reply #41 on: October 29, 2006 12:56:11 PM »

queenofdiy - you rock - i love that you did all that experimenting and work and shared with us all -
one question - have you ever tried setting the colors with vinegar?
Back in the old days, the first iron on transfers required washing the shirt the first time with vinegar in the water and that supposedly helped to set it.
and another question - why the fabric softener? when I printed using transfers you were supposed to make sure you washed the fabric without fabric softener at least the first time or it wouldn't transfer as good?
I can't wait to try this!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much  Grin


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To answer your question regarding vinegar (I got the following information from here:  http://www.caron-net.com/featurefiles/featapr.html )

"A mordant is an agent which allows the dye molecule to react with the fiber. Some dye reactions occur best in an acidic environment while others require an alkali PH. Generally, an acid mordant (vinegar is a weak acid) is used with wool and an alkali (such as soda ash) with cotton. In either case, thorough washing of the fiber after the dye process has been completed is necessary to remove all of the mordant and any unreacted dye. Excess mordant left in the fiber could weaken it eventually.

Important note: You may have heard that a vinegar and water solution will set any color that runs. That may be true if an acid mordant was used. However, an acid will not alter colorfastness if an alkali mordant has been used.

It is much safer - regardless of the type of fiber - to rinse in several baths of cool to lukewarm water (no soap) until all excess color has been removed."


As for the fabric softener, Bubble Jet Set put out a product called "Bubble Jet Set Rinse".  It is basically a washing product that you use to rinse the excess ink out.  In researching this recipe, I learned that Bubble Jet Set Rinse contained some of the ingredients that Bubble Jet Set did.  I also learned that fabric softener is a mild detergent.  As you can see from the experiments that I did, if I used no detergent when rinsing after printing, most of the colour was washed out. 

The following is a blurb on Bubble Jet Set Rinse from here http://www.compuquilt.com/bubble_jet_set_rinse.html

"Bubble Jet Rinse is a mild detergent for direct ink and dye applications. This product is excellent for washing fabrics that were recently dyed or painted. It prevents fabrics from fading. Bubble Jet Rinse contains no perfumes and no bleach products which could be abrasive to your fabric. Many detergents attract recently applied inks and dyes, but Bubble Jet Rinse contains no sodium carbonate which is the number one reason why fabrics fade after washing."

As for pre-washing the fabric, I read on a website that a group of quilters used both methods and they are undecided s to whether to pre-wash.  I guess it's probably personal preference.

 Cheesy
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« Reply #42 on: October 29, 2006 01:01:30 PM »

wow, you're like a craft scientist!! Cheesy Wink I would NEVER be able to figure all of this stuff out!
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« Reply #43 on: October 29, 2006 01:04:14 PM »

wow, you're like a craft scientist!! Cheesy Wink I would NEVER be able to figure all of this stuff out!

Thanks - but not really.  I'm just a cheap a$$ with too much time on my hands  Smiley  Oh and Google is my best friend  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #44 on: October 29, 2006 01:08:35 PM »

Thanks queenofdiy - you really did research everything!
I agree with _chittybangbang - you are like a craft scientist  Grin
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« Reply #45 on: October 29, 2006 01:53:11 PM »

wow, you're like a craft scientist!! Cheesy Wink I would NEVER be able to figure all of this stuff out!

Thanks - but not really.  I'm just a cheap a$$ with too much time on my hands  Smiley  Oh and Google is my best friend  Roll Eyes

I'm pretty cheap myself and have alot of time on my hands..but i'm also a lazy bum.  Tongue
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« Reply #46 on: October 29, 2006 04:22:50 PM »

I found the alum in one of the smaller containers in the spice isle.  The only brand i could find was McCormick.  You may have to look hard, but it's there!
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« Reply #47 on: October 29, 2006 07:21:56 PM »

Thankyou, I am going to try this soon. it would be great for xmas gifts.
lovely bag by the way!!
I am in australia.
I just rang around, no alum in local pharmacy but i will order off that link.
Apparently its a raw chemical and due to new anti terrorist laws etc  the pharmacists dont stock a lot of raw chemicals.
thanks for the link.
clever stuff.
cyndi
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« Reply #48 on: November 01, 2006 11:05:12 PM »

Here's my creation!! It's an old picture of my mom and dad. They are both gone now, but I loved this picture of them. Thanks for the information!

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« Reply #49 on: November 01, 2006 11:11:21 PM »

I saw your post when I clicked on the "recent posts with pics" button and I wondered if you had used Bubble Jet Set or my recipe. 

It looks fantastic!! I think it's such a wonderful thing and - yes, I think you should attach swarovski crystals too!!  Grin

Well done on such a special bag - you have honoured them with such a lovely bag you will cherish for years to come.
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