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« on: May 08, 2007 10:36:33 PM »

I was reading the dying monofilament thread on the other board and someone mentioned dying pantyhose. Now, I could actually use some green pantyhose for a costume I'm putting together, and I was wondering if anyone has tried this?
I don't have a small pot dedicated to dying, and using the big one seems kind of wasteful, so I was thinking of doing them in a mason jar in the microwave. The problem is, I don't have a microwave, so I would have to get everything ready first and pop over to a friend's house, so the more of an idea I have of what I'm doing, the better.
My current plan:
Put pantyhose in a large-ish mason jar, add acid dye and water, zap.
I've never dyed in a microwave before... is there any chance of the pantyhose, you know, melting/burning/dissolving/all those fun things?
Also, I've heard for wool, it's best to dye with repeated short intervals - would this be the same, or could I just do it for say, 5 minutes?

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2007 04:38:10 AM »

I've never dyed in a microwave either.. But I'd think that it would be best to heat it in short intervalls. As I understand this is to prevent the wool from getting too hot. And if your pantyhose got too hot I'd guess it would melt..

If you don't have a dedicated dye pot you can just take a large (large enough for your pantyhose anyway) glass jar, put it in a pot where it can stand (or secure it in the pot somehow). And just add water to the pot and the dye in the glass jar. I've dyed small amounts of mohair this way when I wanted to dye several colours and just 10 g of each. Four glass jars in my big dye pot and you have four colours in the same time as one Grin

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2007 06:36:37 AM »

this may or may not help you but i have dyed tons of pantyhose using kool aid. i just boil a pot of water, add the kool aid, a dollop of white vinegar my wet nylons and let them stay in the water until they are the colour i want. then i toss them in the dryer. easy. and cheap. especially if they are for a costume. i have also used dylon dyes when the colour (yellow) wasn't available in kool aid. a little more expensive but still not too bad. nylons take the dye quickly as well so depending on the colour you want keep an eye on them.
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