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« on: May 12, 2009 04:16:19 PM »

Does anyone know any methods of tie-dying without buying various, over-priced, and messy dyes from the supermarket? Like kool-aid or anything? Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009 06:15:08 PM »

Sharpies (or any alcohol-based permanent markers)
There's a recent thread on the method: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301097.0
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009 12:45:15 PM »

Sugar-free powdered drink mix (eg Kool-Aid) and vinegar. You get more muted colours on cotton, but relatively bright colours on nylon.

Fill a largish pot with enough water (guesstimated) to completely cover whatever you're dying. Boil the water and then turn it down to a simmer. Add one or two packets of drink mix for a small project, more for a larger project, and stir it really really really well. Wet the project in the sink and dunk it in the pot. Stir pretty much constantly. After about 10 minutes (or longer), add a BIG splash of vinegar (like a quarter cup worth), which will help retain the colour. Simmer for a couple more minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool off. Once it's cool, rinse your project in the sink to within an inch of it's life with COLD water. Undo all the ties and rinse the bejeezus out of it again. Forever more, you should wash this project in cold water after wearing, preferably by itself so that nothing ends up pink/purple/blue/green by accident.


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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009 03:19:24 PM »

Thank you guys! I can't wait. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2009 08:45:14 PM »

Kool-aid DOES NOT set in cotton, nylon, or other plant fibers.  It ONLY works correctly with animal fibers.  The same is true for other acid dyes.  The colors will fade, and quickly, just so you're aware.

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2009 10:05:26 PM »

Acid dyes (kool-aid, icing dye, food dye) will set on nylon, wool, and silk.  They will be fugitive on cotton, rayon, linen, hemp, and probably will do nothing to polyester, acrylic, or other synthetics (nylon being an exception).

Really, for tie-dyeing on cellulose fibers (cotton, etc), a cold set fiber reactive dye, such as procion, is best. Commercial dyes work very very well, and are often cheaper in the long run than buying things-that-aren't-meant-for-dyeing. RIT (a union dye, or mix of multiple types of dyes) is relatively expensive and not a great dye, plus it requires heat to set properly, and you'd need a dedicated special dye pot. If you use procion, you can just get the item wet, put it on a sheet of plastic, and squirt dye mixture all over it - no vat of hot dyebath.

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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009 04:55:45 PM »

Go to www.dharmatrading.com and buy the basic colors of Procion dye and supplies (like squirt bottles, soda ash, urea, synthrapol, etc). For about $100 you will have everything you need to dye hundreds of pieces of clothing, literally. It may sound expensive, but it's really cheap in the long run if you're going to use it a lot (could you go in together with several friends?). They have all the instructions on their website, too.
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