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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Can I dye a khaki-ish type of fabric? on: April 10, 2005 08:03:08 AM
Well, you see, I have this really weird-looking khaki pants with wide hips and narrow legs, so I was thinking of making it into a long skirt. However, after I cute the inner legs' seams, i noticed an area which had a few brown spots. Not that much, but definitely noticable.

I was wondering if i should or not dye it.. If I could, I'm planning on using the color black. But just for the heck of it, here's what it says on the tag on the pants :

100% Cotton
Machine wash cold
With like colors
Do not bleach
Warm iron if necessary
Or professionally dry clean.

If it says it'd be better to dry-clean, does it mean the fabric's fragile or something? I'm just wondering if the cloth dye would spoil it after the dyeing process.

I've never dyed anything before, so since you guys are more knowleadgable about this than I am, I figured it'd be better to ask the experts. Wink

Thank you! =D
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cardboard-Sun Mirror! with TUTORIAL~ on: April 07, 2005 04:07:40 AM
Plastic Cardboard Sun Mirror


Yellow thing is a plastic cardboard. My mom "accidentally" bought it for some reason and she changed her mind and didn't use it at all. And one fine day, my mirror (which was originally cased in a cheap plastic stand, very ugly one at that), fell and the stand broke. So I took the mirror out of the plastic thingy and wondered what to do with it. I walked around the house and found the unused yellow plastic cardoard. And the rest was history. Heheh.

Anyways, here's the tutorial on how to do it. It's extemely simple actually. The cutting the design part is, however, a bit tedious bcuz the scissors kept getting stuck at the sharp edges, but the rest is easy peasie.

Stuff you need
Plastic cardboard / cardboard / anything hard + thick ; mirror (any size, any shape you like) ; glue ; sticky things ( double sided is better ) ; scissors ; cutting knife.

First off, I drew a twisted sunny shape on he yellow plastic cardboard using a permanent marker.

Then, I cut the design out using normal scissors. It would help if you also got a 'cutter' (cutting knife) to smoothen the edges a bit. And it'd be better if you trimmed the sharp/pointy edges too bcuz it could hurt someone Wink

Next I glued the mirror on the sun-shaped plastic cardboard using double-sided tape + foam tape + glue (inadequacate amounts of each of 'em, huhu). Using a strong glue / strog double-sided  is recommended. Not-so-strong glue will make the mirror slip/drop off easily bcuz it dries slowly+weak grasp.

And there you have it, your own plastic cardboard sunny mirror! ^__^ Of course, you can modify the idea with another shape, another design etc, to your own liking and taste.

I'd love to hear what you think of this, and if you make one yourself, please notify me/post the pic here! =D


p/s - the writings on the mirror : I used to go to a boarding school, and a few naughty students wrote that using permanent marker, dunno why. Left it there just for fun  Smiley
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