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Topic: Dyeing Lucite Flowers Ombre (two-toned)  (Read 453 times)
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sherrirbgr
« on: April 09, 2013 11:30:55 PM »

Can anyone here walk me through dyeing lucite flowers so they are ombre?  I have run out and bought lucite flowers, Rit liquid dyes, and I understand the mechanics of dyeing one color, but am stumped for two, especially if they are two different colors.  :-(  My favorite vendor has gone out of business.  I tried another vendor, but didn't like her results (she spray paints the darker color), and the third vendor I found went on vacation and hasn't come back.  So, I decided it was time for me to learn.  I'm willing to sacrifice some flowers to learn, but if I don't figure out this whole two-tone business, I'm going to lose a very profitable part of my business.  Can anyone help?
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steiconi
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013 05:04:27 PM »

I would have assumed that the color was added before the pieces were cast, but what do I know?
 
Here's what I would try:
For two shades of the same color--dye the lighter shade first.  I think you may need to boil or microwave the flowers in the dye to get a good color.  Then make up a strong dye bath in which you can place the flowers so they're covered only as far as you want the dye to go.  i.e., if you want the color to come up 1/2" on the flower, make the dye bath 1/2" deep.  Heat again and let them sit a lot longer to get the darker color.

For two different colors--hopefully you're using colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, like yellow and orange.  In such combinations, color#2 is made up of color #1 plus a third color.  Orange would be color #2, yellow color #1, and red the third color. 
So start with color #1, and prop the flowers up somehow in the shallow dye bath and dye.  Rinse, let dry, flip the flowers over, and dye with color #2.  Let the dye come up a bit over color #1 to get a blended effect.

If using colors that aren't next to each other on the color wheel, like orange and blue, you'll need to prevent any overlap; that blended area will turn brown.

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