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« on: December 17, 2008 08:05:06 PM »

so i've been doing all my dying with koolaid.

i just started adding food colors to get deeper and richer colors.

i was wondering if any one had mixed koolaids to get certain colors?

i'd like to get a grey and a brown, and i know i can probably just play till i get the brown i want, but is there anyway to get a grey with koolaids?

i'm dying the wool to spin into music themed yarns, and i want a grey for spinning 'northern downpour' yarn. its a while a way, i still have to spin up my 'early sunsets over monroeville' yarn and finish the dying and spinning for 'golden'.


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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008 06:37:37 AM »

well there is one way that i got grey from kool aid once when i was dyeing with corriedale wool once, i set it in with steaming with plastic wraps. i used some tropical punch with some green limeanade thing, after awhile i got a pinkish or sometimes greenish grey, just start playing with colors too, hope you get the color you want.

« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009 06:14:13 PM »

i've asked my artist friends the best way to make gray and brown. and this is what they told me. gray is a variation of black, and you can't make black since it's a pure color. the best way to 'imitate' blacks/grays is to mix purple and green. you might have to play around with the ratios. as for brown, the best way is to combine all three primary colors [red, blue, yellow] again, you'll have to play with the ratios to get the color just right.


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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009 06:54:45 PM »


That is an AWESOME article on mixing food coloring dyes.

I believe there is a special "black" food coloring that you could use, but I don't know how well it would work. who knows!

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009 06:56:08 PM »

Wilton's gel colors are available in black and brown Smiley  They are in the cake aisle at craft stores and are just really strong food colors.  You have to add vinegar though as they are not acidic like Kool Aid.

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009 06:23:50 AM »

You could also use brown and grey rovings to go "au natural"  Grin

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