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« on: October 15, 2010 07:19:04 PM »

I want to do a bleach stenciled sweat shirt for my partner in a swap. I've never done this before nor have I done any thing like this at all before. I've looked into making a stencil. It's just going to be wording that I'll cut out of freezer paper and iron on. I want to then use bleach to put the wording on so it won't fade or come out in the wash. I was wondering if they bleach will work on 100% acrylic materials and if there is anything else I need to know before I try to do this.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010 07:12:02 PM »

Maybe try the bleach on a bit of inside seam first to see if it will take.  I am not sure how it  will be on an acrylic shirt.  But i was a bit disappointed with the freezer paper method of stenciling with bleach.  I found that when the paper got soaked a bit too much (and it did not take much) that there was bleeding.  So if I were to do it again, I think next time I would try an acetate or something more sturdy than freezer paper.  I love it for painted stencils, but not so much for bleach.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010 07:17:48 PM »

Thanks for the tip! I've been waiting for an answer before I got up the guts to try this.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010 07:56:42 PM »

This was the tutorial I liked the most, and he used a plasticky stencil that could be reused.  I see he also says that synthetics will not work, but a blend will work, like a 50/50 cotton.

http://reubenmiller.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/08/secret-bleach-s.html
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010 07:30:51 PM »

He said most won't. I'll try a bit of 100 or 90% bleach adn see if it does anything. I already bought and washed the sweater. If it does nothing, I'll have to get another one.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010 07:52:22 PM »

ive used the freezer paper method with bleach and it worked really well but you do have to be careful not to over-saturate the paper.  i found that mixing the bleach with a bit of water and using a small spray bottle with a fine mist helped.  i also did it in several stages over the course of 2 days.  id spray a fine mist over the stencil and let it dry, then id spray another fine mist and let dry again....i did this until it was bleached to my satisfaction. 

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011 02:18:43 PM »

I did this cotton shirt with freezer paper and bleach. (Just made sure it was ironed on real good before I bleached and blotted the excess of the paper as I went.)

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