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« on: September 21, 2012 09:34:07 AM »

Inspiration for this post comes from Carol R. Eaton Designs and this blog post: http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com/2012/02/fabric-dye-ice-cubes-awesome.html

Once I saw her awesome effects of dyeing with ice cubes, I knew I had to give it a try. It was super fun and easy!

Here's what I did:

I used a big jersey knit sheet as my fabric and coiled about half in the bottom of a mop bucket. Since I used RIT to dye, I did not pre-soak my fabric. I then placed a layer of ice cubes on the fabric and covered with powdered RIT dye (about half a box). I coiled the second half of my sheet on top of the ice layer and repeated the ice/RIT layers. The end result is a fabric/ice/dye lasagna:



After 24 hours, the ice melts, leaving behind a splattering of color. The powder works especially well with this method as the dye component colors bleed out and together, giving really unique and unexpected results.

In my first round of this, I used brown, black, and teal in my powder layer:



Round two was black and blue:



I can't wait to try this with different colors!! I have some green just waiting for the perfect fabric!

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012 10:08:58 AM »

I will have to try this!!!! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012 10:16:00 AM »

OOH, this is so neat.  I have got to try this!
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2012 10:17:38 AM »

This so cool!!! It kind of reminds me of ptarmic wumpus' snow dyeing experiments. I love both, the first reminds me of some sort of abstract geologic patterning. Awesome!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2012 12:59:20 PM »

Thanks guys! You should definitely try it.

It is very like ptarmic wumpus' snow dyeing sheepBlue, but with powder dye instead of liquid. You don't get quite as much color separation with the liquid. Both methods are super fun though and totally give you geometric designs. Maybe I'll try to combine snow and ice dyeing this winter!
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2012 02:13:12 PM »

What a cool technique!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2012 02:27:50 PM »

So you didn't use the chemicals first? Did you wash in hot water with the Synthrapol?
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2012 02:39:17 PM »

Cool effect!  Looks great!
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2012 06:47:10 PM »

So you didn't use the chemicals first? Did you wash in hot water with the Synthrapol?

Neither step is really necessary with RIT. If you were using a fiber reactive dye, then pre-soaking your fabric would be a must or your dye wouldn't stick. Also, synthrapol in a post-wash will help remove any excess dye. I just washed both of my fabrics as I would any other laundry, in cold water with detergent. The pictures above are post first washing.

I actually made an infinity dress out of the top fabric and a vest for my son out of the bottom. Both have held up well to multiple (I think we are on wash #2, haha) washings so far! I'm sure there will be some fading, but I don't think it will be too bad. I'm a frequent RIT dyer, so I'm comfortable with their level/lack of vibrancy and staying power.
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2012 08:49:38 AM »

Thank you for explaining this. I think I could do this then. I don't have hot water to my washer. But I can make a ton of ice.
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