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Topic: Bright feathers and wool! FOOD COLOUR FTW!  (Read 1635 times)
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ludicrouslouisa
« on: August 09, 2008 03:18:53 PM »

Gah, I HATE vinegar. It smells disgusting, I hate the taste, etc etc.
OK. Well, I dyed the wool to make legwarmers (there aren't many pictures of the wool, but I had great fun making up heaps of different colour combos), and I also dyed a whole bunch of feathers.

the legwarmers all knitted up (most of the bright colours are food dyed)

the feathers. They are cockatoo, peewee and chicken feathers, with food dye (see how the chicken ones still show brown through the colour?)
It's quite hard to get subtle colours with the food dye, but I'm starting to work out the ratios and colour mixes I need (I use queens food colouring, which comes in bottles so you need a syringe to measure the dye out, or just pour it out and hope for the best - no droppers - I have red, green, pink, blue (which is a bright cyan colour like printer's standard blue) and yellow.)

Some of the wool and feathers.
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Illaberek
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2008 03:34:02 PM »

wow, perfect colours  Cheesy
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lovefrozenstars
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2008 04:13:43 PM »

I love the colors!

Is dyeing with food coloring really permanent?  Will it come out or run or anything?
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008 06:04:36 PM »

If I saw you walking down the street in that outfit, I think I'd have to stop you to tell you how awesome you look. I love all the bright colors, and the knitting on the legwarmers is great. Nice job!
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Lado
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008 03:59:46 AM »

Great job! Gorgeous color-mix!
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ludicrouslouisa
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2008 05:07:16 AM »

I love the colors!

Is dyeing with food coloring really permanent?  Will it come out or run or anything?

As far as I know, it is. I'm pretty sure a colour will adhere to a protein fibre - the acetic acid, and the heat helps it. Unlike when I'm rinsing my chemical dyed cottons, I didn't get ANY colour running from the wool or feathers.
Then again, I haven't washed these yet. And most wool seems to bleed a bit of colour when you wash it.
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Anfitu
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2008 10:02:36 AM »

Wooow... what colors .... I love this legwarmers!!!
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peachymanaangel
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008 07:07:31 PM »

I love your color sense! rockin' outfit.
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