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tantrum
« on: August 14, 2005 10:49:08 AM »

So why can't you bleach felt. I just tried and it didn't work, why?
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2005 11:52:49 AM »

hmmm, what kind of felt was it?  i've never tried myself, but perhaps the acrylic felt won't bleach because it's...well, acrylic?  wool felt might bleach, but again, this is all guessing.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2005 11:55:31 AM »

You can't bleach protein fibres such as wool or silk. They just fall apart like how your skin falls apart if you use bleach without gloves on.  So if your felt is made of wool you cannot bleach it. I guess the fact that felt is not woven fabric doesnt help either. The bleach is breaking apart the fibres that are holding the fabric together where as a woven fabric is far more inter-connected and can stand up to the harshness of bleach.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2005 12:02:28 PM »

if it is acrylic felt from like michael's, its because the fibers themselves are red or blue or whatever all the way through.
umm, if thats not clear, -
most fibers are made/grown and then dyed
acrylic is plastic, so the color can be added before the plastic is formed into fibers.
does that make sense? it would be like trying to bleach a spork.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2005 12:10:28 PM »

it would be like trying to bleach a spork.

ahahhahahahahaha.  that is a fantastic way of explaining it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2005 01:49:40 PM »

thanks i guess that makes sense. I never really gave much thought to what i was actually doing when i was bleaching something- and yeah it was craft felt from jo-anns.
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