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Topic: Dye tiger tail/monofilamnent/fishing line - plus TUTORIAL  (Read 8505 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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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2006 10:58:17 AM »

KoolAid is a drink mix.  It comes in cute little packets that contain the dye and fruit flavoring.  You use it with copious amounts of sugar to make a sweet soft drink. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2006 05:44:24 PM »

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

It's a powdered fruit flavored brightly colored drink. It comes in little packets and you add sugar and water. I think it's only available in the states - but it's really inexpensive, I got 80 packets for $4 on sale.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2006 08:10:29 PM »

Oh, sorry... I didn't notice that there was already a second page!

Thanks Suzie
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2006 05:04:52 PM »

if a person was to die some clothing.. would the color stick using kool-aid or would it just wash out after?
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2006 05:27:48 PM »

I've seen tons of wool and yarn on here dyed with koolaid, and it appears to hold up.  Not quite sure how a t-shirt would hold up, but undershirts are pretty cheap, so it's worth a try.
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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2006 09:55:15 AM »

if a person was to die some clothing.. would the color stick using kool-aid or would it just wash out after?

Kool-aid doesn't work on cotton unfortunately. Just animal fibers and oddly enough nylon. Sorry to disappoint you.
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2006 10:45:23 AM »

Oh, pretty color!  And the stamens are a great idea.

Some polymer clayers have dyed plastic cording too but using Rit dye and vinegar... I'll definitely add your Kool Aid to the info I have... thanks!

Clayers have also dyed vinyl tubing (from the hardware store)... it's cool to cut and use as small "tube beads" or spacer beads, and also allows another cord to be threaded through it which shows up like a contrasting core too (e.g., black rubbery cording, colored cords or wires), or larger things can be captured in larger-diameter tubes.  And one person mentioned seeing silver pins and earings with colored monafilament "wrapped tightly around fan like shapes."  Little lengths could also be used for cat whiskers, etc., and even Barbie or other hair can be dyed.

(I have some info about saving the dye and more on the buying vinyl tubing, etc., on this page if anyone is interested, ...under "Clear plastic cording":
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm )

(And for the person who wondered about Kool Aid t-shirts, etc., that's definitely possible... I have a whole book on it somewhere.  Can't remember if they suggested all cotton or a cotton-poly blend, but I think I remember that they will fade with time on cotton (even if heat set) unless not washed, or washed only with gentle soaps... probably still last long enough to have fun with though).   Here's something I found online:
"Artificially colored drink mixes can be used for dyeing wool and other protein (animal) fibers, and frequently also nylon. (Some nylon garments are treated with Teflon or other coatings, which prevent dyeing.) They do not attach permanently on cotton or synthetics other than nylon . . . ."





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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2006 10:22:54 PM »

Oh, pretty color!  And the stamens are a great idea.

Some polymer clayers have dyed plastic cording too but using Rit dye and vinegar... I'll definitely add your Kool Aid to the info I have... thanks!


Nice to know that the idea will be added to your database, diane.

For what it's worth - if you heat the monofilament too high with a flame it turns clear again as it melts.

This all makes me wish I were more interested in chemistry than I am.
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2006 07:48:31 AM »

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For what it's worth - if you heat the monofilament too high with a flame it turns clear again as it melts.



Weird... wonder if that would happen with the Rit/vinegar too?  . . . I'm not asking how you found that out  Cheesy




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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2006 06:17:58 PM »

Diane-

I found out when I was melting the ends to make the tips of the stamens.
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