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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2013 10:39:29 PM »

Wonderful ideas! What would we get with a blend of all of these?Huh?

Bust up those lima bean sizes into somewhat tiny pieces, mix it with the rock salt grains, and a bit of regular table salt. Sprinkle them all together? I will bet that is how they do it.

I agree on leaving it watery. That makes things absorb better. I have experimented on coffee filters with similar effects. Just for those who do not want to "spoil" supplies. Coffee filters have an interesting and similar property to cotton (muslin) cloth. And can be used for other "scrap book, journal pages" when they have dried (or not...glue them if you are in the mood!!!!)

(Smilies here, love you all for your ideas!)

(Edit: Queen of Afterthought...Vinegar in the rinse water helps to retain the colour of things. 1 cup in a washer load for new blue jeans will keep them brighter. Smaller amounts if you are just using a dish pan.)
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2013 10:08:37 AM »

Yes, this dye technique is called Salt Dying. You can use any kind of salt from water softener salt to sidewalk salt to kosher table salt. Just be sure the product you are using is real salt - non-salt ice-melt products won't work.

Choose a dye or paint that is compatible with salt dying. Fiber reactive dyes don't work well for this technique. Paints and inks like Dynaflow and Setasilk work well. Dilute them very lightly, so they are nice and thin, but use caution because adding too much water will wash out the color.

Someone already posted the link to Dharma Trading Co, their products are great and their website is very informative with lots of tutorials. Prochemical.com is also a good source.
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