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Topic: Dye tiger tail/monofilamnent/fishing line - plus TUTORIAL  (Read 12321 times)
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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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licalee
« 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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