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« on: April 25, 2005 04:03:38 PM »

I need to know how I can make my dyes stronger and brighter. I'm making body stockings for bellydance costumes, and other troupe members have tried to dye theirs and ended up with pastel fabric.

The fabric in question is 80% nylon, I believe, with sequins sewn on it, and is very stretchy. It's white right now, but I need to make it orange, blue and green (three separate body stockings).

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2005 04:07:10 PM »

I dyed this weekend for the first time (it rocks and very addictive, mind you) and read on the box, "for brighter colors use two boxes" or something to that effect. I hope this helps you and good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2005 09:29:39 PM »

For nylon, try an acid dye, which is not as scary as it sounds. Acid dyes work on protein (silk, wool) and nylon fibers, and fix the colors with vinegar (acid). The colors are deep and fast, but you do need to dye in hot water, ie. on the stove. Some craft stores carry acid dyes, or you can buy online (try http://www.dharmatrading.com (nayy)).

If it has a high polyester content, you may be out of luck. But nylon dyes quite well.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2005 09:56:12 PM »

Well.....what kind of dye are you currently using?
Dyes such as Dylon and Tintex are what is known as "union dyes" which means they are a combination of several different dyes which dye different fibers. Dylon and Tintex both contain an amount of acid dye aswell as some disperse dye which both dye nylon. Nylon does dye quite beautifully when done properly.
 First of all I would suggest  heating your dye bath as you are dyeing. Adding a drop of liquid soap will  help open up your fiber and the addition of a 1/3 of a cup of vinegar will make sure the fabric takes the dye evenly.  The heat is definately the key to getting more vibrant colours.
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