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Topic: Failed Dye Job-but maybe I should keep it?  (Read 6858 times)
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2009 11:28:39 AM »

Like a couple people have said, fiber content is a big deciding factor in how your colors come out, but equally important is the kind of dye you use. Black is hard to dye with any dye, but RIT especially because of the type of dye it is. Most of the time, to get good results with RIT you need to keep the dye bath at a very high temperature, hotter than tap water but not quite boiling. Soda ash doesn't help set this type of dye either and the dyed items are not colorfast.
I really like the colors you got though!
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2009 12:59:13 PM »

Thanks very much! I would have used a different dye but it was the only one in Michael's and I had to pee.
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2009 01:08:13 PM »

Soda ash doesn't help set this type of dye either and the dyed items are not colorfast.

but you can make the colorfastness issue "less worse" by vinegar and salt ... i think after a couple hundred washes my old rit-dyed clothes had all the residual dye pretty much out of them ... but yeah it really takes a while, even with mordants...
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2009 02:55:52 PM »

no no no!! keep these colors! I think they turned out great!   ^_^
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2009 03:42:24 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2009 01:24:04 AM »

I love these colors. I have done this with rit dye before too. I got some dye from walmart that was in the craft department that i haven't tried yet but it looked promising. Also I know with hair dye black either has a red base or a blue base and the blue base is always darker and takes to my hair better. Maybe it is the same with all dyes?
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2009 03:37:31 AM »

I absolutely love the cardigan! It's a lovely colour, and the buttons look great.
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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2009 09:23:31 AM »

I talked to a guy one time who tie-dyes T-shirts, and his colors are always really bright and intense. He said he uses twice the amount of dye for all the colors, and then red and black he uses three and four times the amount - although I can't remember which was three and which was four. I'd recommend trying four packets since you can't really get something dyed too black Wink and see where that gets you.

Also, this link has specific measurements on the vinegar and salt method of setting dye:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2068286_set-dye.html
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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2009 09:30:21 AM »

Also, to echo some of the other posts, I'd keep the shirt - it might grow on you. Sometimes failed crafts are complete failures, and some are serendipitous - happy accidents! Of course, you can always share it on the Craft Fail blog...the site is strangely addicting!
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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2009 11:20:56 AM »


Leave them! The periwinkle shirt is adorable & I love the maroon sweater, but try black buttons instead (I'm not feeling the pinky looking ones!).

I used to try to dye clothes black and in the end it turned out that the weird colors were actually way cooler looking than if they had come out solid black!! Then I started batiking the clothes first and then dying them black & they looked fabulous- like all antique looking.

Sometimes the mistakes have the better results!
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