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« on: July 03, 2011 06:15:28 AM »

Crystal Tie-Dye

Here is my method for crystal tie-dye!  Materials and space:

I like to tape a garbage bag to the floor whenever I dye, it make a nice work space that you don't have to worry about cleaning up afterwards!


*Dye (I am using RIT and Dylon here) in at least 3-4 complimentary colors
*Shake bottles (old salt/pepper shakers, or old spice containers work great!)
*Dust mask (especially important when working with the powder like this!!!!)
*Jars or cans (28oz cans work great) lined with plastic
*Washing soda or soda ash (especially if working with fiber reactive dyes) dissolved in water
*Fabric to dye

Transfer your powder dye into the shakers (wear your mask!):

Wet your fabric either in the sink, or let it soak in a pot of water:

Sprinkle your dye colors onto your work surface:

Wring out your fabric and arrange it onto your sprinkled surface:

Sprinkle another layer of dye on top of your fabric (this gets both sides without having to flip your fabric):

Gather your fabric...

...and place it into the lined jar:

Dissolve about 1/2 cup of washing soda into a pitcher of water:

Pour the soda mixture into the jars.  Just enough to cover the fabric:

Drain off excess liquid:

Press fabric down into remaining liquid:

Now the tough part.  Cover with the plastic, and let sit for 12-24 hours:

I let mine sit for about 12 hours, then I squeezed out any excess liquid and threw them right into the washer.

Happy Dyeing!!!!

« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011 01:29:43 PM »

Thank you for the tutorial, I have often wondered how to get those lovely subtle effects

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011 05:30:09 AM »

Thanks for the reply, Antidigger!  Low water immersion is another method, but LWI and I are generally not friends...this method works for me!

Hope some find it useful!  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012 03:24:33 PM »

Well, isn't this clever.  I think this will be on my to try list!

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013 09:21:39 AM »

Thanks for sharing your method!  it looks doable with not a whole lot of equipment or supplies needed!

A good project for a small and first dyeing job!  Love your colors!

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