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« on: September 17, 2005 05:07:29 PM »

Ok, so i'm making a hoodie, and i'm stencilling these birdies (hurrah!) on it. it's just a plain black zip-up. I want to do a couple bleach spatters on it too. I saw this at delias and it looked awesome, but $60 for a hoodie? my dear, i think not. So, i was wondering about the best method of actually SPATTERING the bleach....a toothbrush, paintbrush? also, should i mix the bleach with water? i'm pretty sure it's a 50/50 cotton-poly, or somewhere around there. Oh, also, what's the better method for putting these birdies on? iron-on, or stencil? thank you kindly.
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2005 05:18:06 PM »

i think, that a toothbrush would be good for like, small spatters, but if you want bigger ones, get an eye dropper, or somthing of the sort and do dots yourself where you want them. i would suggest maybe going to the thrift store and getting a sweatshirt topractice on, you know, splattering att different heights and stuff. also, DO NOT mix water with the bleach, it doesn't work right, at least from my experiences.   Wink
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2005 05:22:55 PM »

i would actually recommend mixing the bleach with water.  you run the risk of the bleach eating right through the fabric if you don't.  this only happened to me once, so it might have been a freak accident, but it ruined the shirt.  hmph.  even just mixing a tiny bit of water would help, i think.  and don't leave the bleach on for too long.

make sure you do this in a well ventilated room (or better yet- outside), because bleach fumes can result in a nasty headache. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2005 05:55:15 PM »

thanks, girls. How do you get the bleach off after? just wash it? rinse with water? i totally didn't even think about this. an eyedropper...good idea!
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2005 07:59:01 PM »

i usually handwash with detergent (or dishsoap) to get the bleach out.  only because i worry about the slight chance that the bleach may rub up against some other item in the washing machine.  probably unlikely, but it only takes a minute or two. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2005 08:39:50 PM »

well, with my expirience, it was on jeans, and the water bleach didn't work. but i wasn't thinking that sweatshirt material isn't as strong as jeans, so you could totally try mixing in water, because the material isn't as strong. i dunno though. but with me, i did it outside on the grass, and then i just sprayed it with the hose. it was fine then....good luck!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2005 09:41:08 PM »

i had the same problem once with some denim...  i think it was stretch denim that had both spandex and polyester in it, both of which seem to have no reaction to the bleach.  the more cotton, the better the bleach seems to work, but i think cotton is also what is the most likely to be ruined by the bleach. 
putting the undiluted bleach on would probably be okay, i'm just always worried i'm going to end up with little holes everywhere. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2005 07:16:42 AM »

Ok, so i'm thinking, on jeans, full bleach. I'm spattering jeans, too, btw, I'm finally getting around tyo distressing these really plain ones. I'm going to go with a toothbrush, i think, but a small & stiff one. and then for t-shirts...a 2:1 bleach to water? I really don't want to ruin any shirts, or get intense discolouration. and i think when it's done i'll just dunk it in a bucket of soapy water, the rinse & wash normally. Anyone see anything wrong with this? I feel so clueless, but i really don't want to ruin anything. thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2005 08:43:19 AM »

i think that'd be okay.  let us know how it turns out!
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2005 10:17:40 AM »

This is a great thread! I dont have any helpfull tips I just wanted to keep my eye on it!  Smiley I would LOVE to see your sweatshirt after you have completed it as I have been thinking of doing something similar.
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