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« on: June 03, 2007 07:28:23 AM »

When you stencil with bleach...do you just put it on, then wait and wash it off?
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007 01:25:04 PM »

I haven't tried this method yet but yes that is my understanding.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2007 08:10:42 AM »

I had a go at this for the first time recently after seeing this thread

My shirt

the red is best shown in the close-up of the logo

Aardys Shirt

The colour is a little bit harder to show its a sort of acid etched steel colour the long shot is the closest I could get.

I cut the logo out of freezer paper, pritt-stick'd it to the tshirt and then mixed up a 3/4 bleach & 1/4 water solution in a spray bottle and carefully sprayed the area I wanted to bleach. I put a bin-bag inside the shirt so the bleach wouldnt go through to the back.

Then its just a matter of waiting the few short minutes till the colour is how you want it before rinsing it thoroughly in cold water and shoving it in the washing machine (on its own). That stops the bleach from reacting any further.

The red shirt I over soaked the logo so it bled a little under the freezer paper, the grey I was more careful in using a fine even mist spray.

The splotches and splashes are caused by using a stronger bleach solution and being more haphazard with how you spray  Cheesy


Also note the colour result will vary from shirt to shirt - it's kinda hit and miss.

If you're not sure turn the shirt inside out and test a tiny spot on the inside seam at the bottom of the back of the shirt (the rolled up bit at the bottom) this should hide it from the outside

Important Safety Note  - bleach can be harmful. always read the instructions, wear protective clothing such as gloves, work in a well ventillated area, and never swallow or allow bleach to get in the eyes or mouth.
Rinse immediately and thoroughly under cold water if bleach is in eyes or mouth and consult your doctor straight away - even if you feel fine!

for further safety instructions see here -  Household Bleach Safety Sheet

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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2007 07:44:24 PM »

But is there any really common methods? I wanna try it out, but there's not much room for error.

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2007 09:29:59 PM »

Your shirts turned out awesome!!
And I'm glad you included the safety instructions, because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had a few itches after I was done :/

I think there is room for error though. I would try it on some cheap t-shirts first though. Try your dollar store or drug store (my WalGreens has 5 for $10 tees). I did mine outside on the back patio where nothing could be damaged.

I like the idea of adding more bleach to the solution though. I had a problem with the shirt getting too wet, and then it would soak all together.
Where do you get your freezer paper? I tried my grocery store but nada :/
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2007 01:09:46 AM »

Where do you get your freezer paper? I tried my grocery store but nada :/

funnily enough we're just discussing this here   Grin

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