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Topic: Dye tiger tail/monofilamnent/fishing line - plus TUTORIAL  (Read 8624 times)
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« on: March 29, 2006 04:52:14 PM »

Did you know you can dye monofilament? I didn't until last night when I found out it was made of nylon, which can be dyed. I wasn't absolutely sure until I tried it, but it works, really well!

This will also work with the beading wire covered in nylon Just boil the kool aid instead of putting it in the microwave.

All you have to do is soak your monofilament/fishing line in a coffee mug with a spoonfull (more or less) of vinegar and hot water. Leave in for about 10 minutes.

Then put a package of kool aid (don't add any sugar) in a different mug and add hot water.

Add your monofilament/ tiger tail/ fishing line.

You can mix colors but this is best done when the kool-aid is wet so you can see the color you're going to get.

Pop the mug in the microwave for a minute and a half and remove the monofilament (use a utensil so you don't dye or scald your fingers). This is where you boil if you are using nylon covered metal

Rinse it off and you have colored monofilament!



The monofilament was clear to begin with.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2006 04:53:04 PM »

The color(flavor) I used above is strawberry, btw.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2006 05:25:40 PM »

WOW, that has to have some awesome uses, but I'm not sure what. What are you planning on using it for? Sooo cool.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006 05:35:13 PM »

Thanks. I amazed myself and my room mate who thought I was absolutely crazy to do this  -

Her:"are you microwaving kool aid and fishing line?"

Me (with no hint of sarcasm): "Yeah, it's tasty!"

She nearly dropped a stitch when she saw how bright it turned out, then I did a little happy dance and posted it here.

I'm using this for stamens of tiny fabric flowers I made. Stamens are those tiny stem like things with pollen on the tips that you see in the middle of flowers.

I've used monofilament before to suspend beads for necklaces - where there was a few inches of line showing between the beads.

I almost always use it for jewelry but I guess it could have other uses... Should I have posted this in the general area? I just figured it was more jewelry related.

Ok, sorry to be so manic about this - I've been trying for a week to think of some way to have reddish-pink colored stamens and I'm absolutely giddy with the results. (you can see how desperate I was here (NO peeking nabi!) - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87246.0)

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006 06:07:02 PM »

Totally sweet discovery!!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006 06:36:46 PM »

I believe I said "Sweet" after I rinsed it off and saw the results, thanks! Was that an intended pun?

Also, I found where I first read that you can dye nylon - it was in the Kool Aid Dyeing 101 thread in knitting.  Melidomi posted it here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.30 (post#30 on page 4) - - so thank you! And jshires gave me the idea to use monofilament for my stamens here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87246.0

Put the two together and this is what you get! An awesome testament to craftster!
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2006 09:35:00 PM »

WOW, that has to have some awesome uses, but I'm not sure what. What are you planning on using it for? Sooo cool.

I've also been thinking about dyeing nylon pantyhose...
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2006 10:50:18 PM »

That'd be REALLY cool. It's so hard to find cool colors of tights. I think I'll try that too.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2006 04:11:34 AM »

That is soooooo awesome!  I have a ton of fishing line I use for jewelry.... must go buy lots and lots of koolaid!!!  I think I have to try it with the pantyhose too,  I've been wanting some bright colored tights and just couldn't find any.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2006 10:46:33 AM »

that sounds awesome! but one thing (excuse my british ignorance Tongue) - but what is kool aid? i keep meaning to ask.
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