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jenihall
« on: October 15, 2008 02:26:19 PM »

So, I have this mini obsession with bleach stencilling. Every time I see a blank shirt in my son's closet I have to put something on it. These are my most recent creations. The first is a Halloween shirt for my 2 year old. I loved the argyle skull look! The best part is that the bleach turned the black shirt a really cool light orange. My son's name is Simon, so I made him a shirt with the "Simon" game. He loves this one the best! I have some more ideas in the works. I'll post them once they are completed.

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2008 02:30:40 PM »

Wow I love it!! How did you do it???
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2008 02:49:05 PM »

They look terrific!
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2008 04:46:43 PM »

super cool! love the argyle skulls in particular, did you use freezer paper? i can't imagine having to cut out all those skulls individually or to move a freezer paper stencil around over and over again. impossible! i'm so curious about your technique...
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2008 05:31:00 PM »

I did use freezer paper for both shirts. I only cut out 2 rows of skulls. I bleached the first 2 rows, moved the stencil and bleached the next 2 rows. It took some time to cut out the skulls but it was totally worth it.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2008 07:10:23 PM »

they look so good though, no difference in the bleached out levels, terrific job. the freezer paper holds up alright with the bleach i'm assuming, that's interesting to know!
i know my son would love a shirt like this, i'll have to show your post to him. he's seven and digs my crafting no end, it's SO gratifying!
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2008 09:08:41 PM »

Yes, the freezer paper holds up pretty well. My advice, don't get the paper too wet. It will crinkle a little and create little pools of bleach that might drip onto the shirt. I use a mixture of 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. Spray it on just enough to get it damp, let it dry and spray again. This way you can control how light you want the stencil without the shirt soaking up too much bleach and smudging the lines. When you get the color you want, rinse in HOT water. This will neutralize the bleach. Works great!
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008 06:33:10 AM »

so freaking great! And thanks for the tips. I've never done bleach stenciling because I was worried about it bleeding. Your clean lines are great, that's what I'd be hoping for. So your tips are much appreciated. thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2008 01:47:33 PM »

no prob. I'm still looking for some more cool stencil sites if anyone has any.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2008 01:52:19 PM »

have you seen this thread?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8772.0
58 pages of pattern sharing so far. lots of stencilable images.
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