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Topic: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks*  (Read 187352 times)
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« Reply #140 on: December 15, 2015 09:37:34 PM »

I made a batch of this up to use for a quilt I am making. I don't have a way to measure ounces so I converted as close with cups/teaspoons. Here's the amounts I used:

13.5 oz  (1 2/3 c) hot water
1.5 oz (3 tbsp) alum
0.5 oz (1 tbsp) washing soda
0.15 oz (1 tsp) fabric softener

I ended up needing two batches for all my fabric (I made alot of extra for trial and error LOL).

Also, I could not find washing soda ANYWHERE!!! So I got to googling and came across this post from another website:

How to Turn Baking Soda into Washing Soda:

Just heat your oven to 400 F and sprinkle some baking soda on a shallow pan, and bake it for about half hour, until it changes composition. You should also stir it up occasionally, just so that it bakes more evenly. Baking soda is powdery, crystallized like salt, and clumps together. Washing soda is grainy, dull and opaque, and is separate grains.

I used the recipe above with baked baking soda and my prints turned out great!

I removed the paper after they sat for 30 minutes to make sure the ink from the printer was dry. Then I swished them around in a mix of half a cap full of fabric softener to gallon of water. Then I rinsed that with cold water and wrung them out,  let them air dry and ironed and will sew it all together tomorrow.

My biggest issue with this whole project was getting the freezer papered fabric to go through the printer!

I found out that if I cut the sides a little smaller than a normal sheet of printer paper and left about a quarter inch of freezer paper on one end for the printer to "grab" they went through better.

Hope this helps someone out Smiley This was fun to do and very inexpensive. I think my total investment with fabric cost was about $10

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« Reply #141 on: November 14, 2016 03:51:00 AM »

I know this is a super old post but I still go back to it when I need to print on fabric.  But I was wondering this morning if adding another tip that I learned awhile back in another fabric decorating workshop would work.  When I did a class where the instructor was decorating with water colour pencils and crayons on fabric, she used a solution of 50% water and 50% fabric paint medium to spritz, then ironed to set and that did seem to work - I have used it on a few projects myself now - I am wondering if doing that on the printed images will help set the colour more securely too.

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