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« on: March 16, 2011 08:36:09 PM »

i tried my first bleach stenciling project today...and nothing happened.

I used 50% bleach and 50% water to avoid erosion because of the bleach, and nothing happened. not even a slight discoloration. so i used a higher concentration until i used just bleach.

the shirt has been sitting here for 30 minutes, is dry, smells like bleach, but the fabric looks exactly the same. i have no idea what i did wrong. the shirt is dark blue and i expected color change right away, but nada.

bleach users, did i completely screw up this steciling project? am i as stupid as i feel? should i just forgo the bleach and do an acrylic stencil? gahhh, HELP!
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klnelson11
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011 09:37:01 AM »

Try discharge paste instead of bleach.  you can find it a dharma trading co. online.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2011 10:01:22 AM »

What was the fiber content of the shirt? Some fabrics won't bleach at all and others will disintegrate.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011 06:51:41 PM »

i'm not sure what kind of fabric, but i used straight bleach and the only discoloring is so slight it looks like dust on the shirt, lol. i used acrylics instead, but i'll try the paste, thanks much!
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011 08:27:26 PM »

My guess would be that it's a 100% polyester shirt, which won't bleach, no matter how strong. Been there, done that. No fun!  When it works, it works right away.
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rach_kelley
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011 12:49:14 PM »

I just tried bleaching on a blue shirt that is 60%cotton, 40% polyester.  It bleached a little, but not much.  It must have to do with synthetic fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2011 04:06:08 PM »

I tried bleaching some heather grey knit fabric. It was a poly cotton blend and it didn't bleach AT ALL.

100% cotton is definitely the best bet.
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