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« on: August 20, 2005 08:25:45 AM »

Hey! I was just wondering if anyone could please tell me batik is? Or how to do it? I'm in the dark here... Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2005 09:41:47 AM »

well batik is basicly drawing onto fabric with hot wax, then you can dye it/or paint dye on it, and the bits with wax on will not get dyed so will remain the colour of the fabric you began with, then you can add more wax if you want a bit of the fabric the new dyed colour and carry on and on and on, for as long as you want.
When you have finished you iron the wax off. putting your fabric between sheets of newspaper and ironing and regually changing the newpaper till all the wax has gone, but dont let the wax touch your iron!!
does that make sense? need any more info?

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2005 04:24:00 PM »

You can also put your fabric into a pot of water and boil the wax off (after dying it, of course).

Thanks for the ironing tip Shortie, I didn't know that.

It has an effect like tye-dye, but you have more control over where the dye goes.

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2005 08:28:13 PM »

check out the info on www.DharmaTrading.com - I got a beginners kit (haven't tried it yet) with everything included for a first timer (except fabric)

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005 06:52:16 PM »

Thanks! What do you use to dye the fabric? Just regular dye or what?
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