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« on: July 16, 2004 02:41:05 PM »

my dad's house is full of leather furniture and medium toned wood.  so when my stepmom brought home a very nice lamp with bright white lampshades on it, i couldn't help thinking it looked out of place.  my dad agreed with me, and i offered to tea-dye them.  it's a really simple process that gives a nice antique finish to any organic fiber. 
all you need are these:
(and a teapot to boil water.)
Boil some water, pour about two cups of it into a bowl with five(5) tea bags.
Let the tea steep for about 2 minutes and remove the tea bags, squeezing all of the excess moisture and tea-colored goodness out of them.
Take the sponge and generously dab the liquid over the surface of the shade so that all the fibers are permeated.  Let dry and repeat this step until they are the color you desire.  You can use more tea bags for a darker color as well.
Different types of tea bags will generate different colors.
Lipton or Red Rose make a nice warm beige (what I used), green teas range from blue-green to yellow green tinted brown, and black teas come out very rich and dark.
Et voila:
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2004 06:19:02 PM »

Very pretty!

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2004 07:10:40 AM »

I really like how they turned out, great job!  How does the tea-dye hold up to washings in other items? 
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2004 01:14:51 PM »

well, if you rinse them with a little baking soda and throw them in the dryer they hold up great, if not a little lighter than the pre-wash color.
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2004 08:42:59 AM »

very cool....I am ready to Tea dye
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2004 09:58:21 AM »

The tea dying idea seems very good for any old-looking stuff! I think I will use it  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2004 10:37:51 AM »

Wow, very cool. It sounds like you could redye it again with more tea if the colors faded.

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2004 04:45:49 PM »

unlike lampshades, many things don't have to be sponged with tea: you can just throw them in a pot of tea.  i tye-died a t-shirt for a friend with tea.  i may do another to show you, but it looked very organic.  for that i just tied it up and threw it in a pot with reallly strong tea and let it hang out for about an hour.  then i put it in the washing machine with the rubber bands still on.  i rinsed it a few times and put it on the line to dry.  cheap and simple tie-dye.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2004 12:06:29 PM »

nice work girly pirate! those lampshades look much warmer and cosier than the white versions.

for a more blotchy finish (useful for woodsy, antique, or unfinished-looking effects), you can press wet teabags directly onto fabric or paper. i've used tea dye to antique and hobo-fy costumes, where the blotches are just meant to be stains, but it also works as an organic background finish for paper or cloth.

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2004 12:02:02 PM »

lovely work! that antiqued look works so well with wood and leather, nicely done!
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2004 10:37:50 AM »

Allum makes it stay better, those are nice shades btw.  Smiley
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