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Topic: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage  (Read 96434 times)
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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2004 04:45:06 PM »

I thank washing it in a washing machine with rock salt sounds great! Has anyone done it yet? Is that good for your washing machine?
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« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2004 05:19:38 PM »

what is rock salt?  where do you find it?
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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2004 12:13:56 AM »

what is rock salt? where do you find it?

Rock salt is like lumps of solid salt that you can usually guy from your supermarket, look w/ the seasonings and stuff
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« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2004 09:13:21 PM »

rock salt is the salt that you use with ice cream machines---- it's lumps of salt mixed in with bits of rocks... you can find it by the ice cream machines at nearly any store- and it's fairly cheap

I was really interested in trying this out and I checked out some sites but there really wasn't that much info.

the most helpfull site I found was called fig and plum

http://www.figandplum.com/archives/000032.html

it calls for 2 gallons warm water, 1/2 cup sea salt or maybe it's rock salt, and 2 Tablespoons of bleach. You supposedly let it soak for a couple days, wash the shirt and voila

I tried it with rock salt- and it was not to successful. probably because I'm not the most patient person---at all. I added a little more bleach (because it destroys the cotton- fibers=soft shirt) and it just bleached my shirt.

I will try it again- and give it more time- I might try scrubbing it with the rock salt while it is soaking, not sure if it will make a difference but it is worth a shot!
I will let you know the results!
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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2004 10:51:02 AM »

I don't know if anyone posted this yet, but in the July issue of YM, they have a thing to fade your t-shirts, so they'll look old. I don't know if it would help the texture, but it's worth a try:
FOR MILD FADE:
1. soak shirt in 8 cups water, 1 1/2 cups salt for three days.
2. wring out and rub with sandpaper.
3. hang to dry in sun.
4. wash and dry normally.
FOR EXTREME FADE: (must be 50/50 cotton/polyester blend)
1. soak shirt in 6 cups water, 2 cups bleach, 1/2 cup salt for two days.
2. wash and dry.

That sound like what the original post was about, so I hope I helped!
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« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2004 09:31:53 PM »

Now if I could only make these types of tee-shirt with like vintage-y logos, graphics, etc on them so that they seriously look like old tees I would be on cloud 9!

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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2004 07:12:18 AM »

Ok, pardon my stupidity, but are you just trying to make them FEEL like the old ones, or LOOK old too? I think part of the reason the old ones feel like that is just that-- they're old and have been worn down by time & wear, so you won't be able to get that "feel" exactly. I think all those other methods will prob. make it LOOK more vintage, but shoot, if you want a vintage LOOK tee shirt, you can buy a vintage tee shirt.  Shocked
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« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2004 08:18:57 AM »

I don't know if anyone posted this yet, but in the July issue of YM, they have a thing to fade your t-shirts, so they'll look old. I don't know if it would help the texture, but it's worth a try:
FOR MILD FADE:
1. soak shirt in 8 cups water, 1 1/2 cups salt for three days.
2. wring out and rub with sandpaper.
3. hang to dry in sun.
4. wash and dry normally.
FOR EXTREME FADE: (must be 50/50 cotton/polyester blend)
1. soak shirt in 6 cups water, 2 cups bleach, 1/2 cup salt for two days.
2. wash and dry.

That sound like what the original post was about, so I hope I helped!
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Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2004 03:41:52 PM »

As the author of the original post, I'd like to say I was really after the FEEL of a vintage tee.  I realize this is a hard thing to simulate, but I noticed that all of my really soft old tees are 50/50 poly/cotton, so I thought maybe there was some way to scorch the poly so they're just thin cotton... or something.

Anyway, I've experimented with the rock salts techniques above, and while they certainly FADE the t-shirts in a nice, vintage-y way, they don't do much for the texture.  I'm going to try using rock salt in the washing machine this weekend and see if that helps at all...

Thanks for the great ideas, y'all, I think we're definitely on the right road.
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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2004 10:53:35 AM »

One day I was flipping threw my Ym magazine Shocked Something made me stop it was DIY and they were making Faded tees Vintage basically and they showed the steps. if you want them send me a message and I would post them some where Cool
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