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Topic: a black t-shirt, bleach, and stencils..help?  (Read 2397 times)
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« on: July 31, 2005 02:06:41 PM »

i have this old black t-shirt that i don't wear much anymore, given the fact it has an n'sync logo on it. i love the shirt because it fits me snugly, and i wear it inside out often. but i want to add a design to it.

i was inspired by justinexcore's skeleton ribcage shirt, and wanted to make my own.
my question is, instead of silkscreening or iron-on's, can i simply cut out a stencil and use bleach on the shirt?
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2005 02:37:06 PM »

found out my mom has a clorox bleach pen! yay!
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005 12:01:31 PM »

I've used stencils and bleach on black tshirts. I've had the best luck by using a qtip. I've done this 4 or 5 times and each one turned out a little better than the last but they've all bled a little. In my case, the bleeding added to the punkness of what I was doing.

I'd be real interested in seeing how your's turns out using a bleach pen. I've never tried one or seen anything that's been done with one.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2005 02:08:10 PM »

I once experimented with black fabric, a bright eyes stencil, and a bleach pen, and it was horrible. the parts that I put a lot on crusted over and cracked, and the parts that I put less on were a nasty brown. maybe I did it completely wrong, but since I've stencilled a bunch of things before, I don't know...

so, yeah. just a word of warning.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2005 02:25:40 PM »

Oh yeah, words of warning...

Even on a bleach project that turned out well, the bleached areas are not white and the color does not turn out even. They turn out a reddish brown and varied. If you try to use more bleach and get them whiter or even what you're going to end up with is more bleeding outside of the stencil. Bleach is a great way to ruin a perfectly good shirt. Grin

I'll see if I can get a pic of one of my bleachings for you.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2005 02:27:30 PM »

Also, be aware that the bleach will eat through fabric and may cause holes or melting.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2005 02:34:03 PM »

And don't do it on your mom's new bedspread! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2005 05:31:34 PM »

Hm..so should I just wait and buy fabric paint or some type of silk-screening kit? These bleach stories aren't bringing up my hopes here.

I want to put a ribcage design on there, and sew a felt heart near the top.

Maybe I should just use white fabric and sew on ribs..
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2005 06:02:18 PM »

And don't do it on your mom's new bedspread! Grin


hahah! speaking from experience, perhaps?   Wink


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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2005 09:31:03 AM »

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Hm..so should I just wait and buy fabric paint or some type of silk-screening kit? These bleach stories aren't bringing up my hopes here.

If it were me, I'd go with stencil and spray paint. With a stencil you go do the design over and over again until you get it just the way you want it. Once you get it the way you want it, print it on freezer paper. Freezer paper ROCKS! Then you could use whatever paint you wanted. Fabric paint would probably work best on the black fabric. You'd have to do a few coats of spraypaint if you used that and it ends up getting pretty thick by the time you get enough to cover the black fabric.



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