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« on: May 30, 2009 08:47:53 PM »

Okay.  So I have all that fabulous fiber wanting to be dyed.  I only have one pot.  What if I were to get some old pickle jars(which are sitting in my basement), fill them with fiber(pre soaked of course), pour in the dye(carefully and slowly to prevent spilling), and then stick em in the oven.  I can likely fit at least 6 jars in there(if not more), and likely get 2oz in each jar if I stuff it.  Will this work, and if it will, how hot can I go?  about 250?  I think my oven will go as low as 170`F.  And how long should I leave it?  30 mins?
Or, do you think the pickle jars will explode?  I want to dye it all now and I cannot wait for my one sorry pot to do 4oz of fiber at a time. LOL
Hopefully someone out there will have an answer for me!

« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009 09:05:12 AM »

i don't know how oven safe a pickle jar is. that's my only concern. if they are oven safe, you can most definitely dye in the oven. when i dye in the oven, i bake the wool @ 350* for 30 minutes. i don't know if a pickle jar could stand that heat. definitely something to look into, though.

however, if you're in a hurry to dye a lot at once and only have one pot, i have three suggestions for you.

one, a sunbrew dye: place your dye and wool in pickle jars and let it sit in the sun for several days. basically the same way people make sun tea, but a longer waiting period. this will take patience, but it's eco-friendly!

two, put a strainer/collander inside your pot and fill with water to reach barely the bottom of the collander. either handpaint your roving and then put it in a freezer bag, or put your wool in a freezer bag and then pour your dye on top. place as many bags as you can in the collander and steam them... i usually steam mine for about half an hour or so. you can also wrap length of handpainted roving in plastic wrap if you want to preserve the color repeat better.

three, if your pot is large enough, place your pickle jars in your pot, put dye and wool in each jar, fill pot with water half-way up sides of pickle jar. cover and let the water come to a boil, like you are canning vegetables.

hope that gives you some ideas!!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2009 09:35:12 AM »

 Roll Eyes ............I would think the jars could handle it if they were placed inside a large roasting pan with a small amount of water inside............but I'd keep the heat lower...... Undecided

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009 10:07:31 AM »

using ziploc bags is brilliant!  I've got raw scoured fiber,  so it wouldn't be like painting roving like I have done before with saran wrap.  So the putting it in ziploc bags and streaming it would work well.
I thought about doing it like canning vegetables too.  Just don't have  a large enough pot to do it that way, but if it could work in the oven at say 250 for an hour? that could work to.
Sun dying may not work up here.  we have yet to get a fully sunny day for more then 1 day.  :*(  we are still in spring, when by now its should be fully summer...
But I'm thinking I'll go with the ziploc bag method.  That way I can have 2 pots on the go, cause I have one that is specifically for non food safe dyes, and one for cooking, but with ziploc bags the chance of the dye actually touching the pots is not likely. Then I could probably get at least 4 bags at once! 
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