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sparksfly
« on: December 03, 2011 11:18:11 PM »

I'm in love with tye dyed shorts like these: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hRPyNUf-4g4/TbivSZVr6-I/AAAAAAAAKGw/FvLxPkD5K2M/s640/runwaydreamz.jpg and these: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=44878673

I have no idea how to go about dying them though.

Any suggestions? I've seen youtube videos were people dip one end in one color and the other in another to get two colors, but the last pair is a million different colors. I'm not sure how you go about getting the color that bright without dipping it in the bucket.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011 06:17:13 AM »

I've never tried to dye jeans, but that being said, I found this site for dyeing denim that might be helpful:

http://www.life123.com/hobbies/knit-crochet/tie-dye/making-tie-dye-jeans.shtml

If you don't want to dip dye in buckets, you could mix your dye in squirt bottles and then apply to the fabric.  It looks like the multi-color jeans are folded, tied with rubber bands or string, and then dyed with a spray or squirt bottle method.  Just keep in mind that you will probably need more dye to penetrate the denim and might need to bleach out the areas you want to dye first if the jeans are dark.

Spray tie-dye is also a possibility for the multi-color jeans:
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=tie+dye+spray&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=6835295048&ref=pd_sl_7fzic6qr10_b

But I'm not sure how the spray will take to the denim.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011 08:49:01 PM »

Thanks I'll check that website out!

I haven't really seen anything on how to do it. I know there's a company that takes brand name jean shorts like Levis for example and the dye them with different colors and everything but they're like $200 for a pair of jean shorts. I thought it'd be easier to just make my own and it would cost like under $30.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011 06:23:58 AM »

Wow!  200 bucks!  Def. worth a try to play around with the denim and the dye.  Let us know how you make out!
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