Color Splash

I usually read and follow directions when trying a new product.  For example, the instructions that came with my saute pan, read all fourteen pages.  The rules for dominoes?  Read them twice to make sure I knew how to keep score correctly.  The directions for Rit dye?  Skimmed them and promptly ignored what I just read.

The key to using powdered dye (and I assume the same for the liquid) is to make sure the dye is thoroughly dissolved and mixed with a pot of hot water.  I poured the first packet of teal dye into lukewarm water, stirred it a few times and threw in two sweaters.

Lesson #2:  Dye one item at a time.  Or else you get splotchy sweaters

Lesson #3:  Dye it in a large pot on the stove so the water stays hot. I think this is what activates the dye.  I splashed a lot some on the white counter top and dish towels, but it didn’t stain since it got cold.  I would still recommend changing into something you wouldn’t mind getting messed up before you dye anything.  I decided that getting the water boiling was good enough and turned the burner off after 10 minutes.

Lesson #4:  Stir frequently (every 5 minutes) so you don’t burn the shirt.  Just kidding (about the burning part).  I think this is to prevent the dye from settling in one spot.

Combine all of these mistakes and you get a splotchy sweater.  Needless to say, this is going back into the donate pile.  Or is it so bad that it should go into the throw away pile?

If you follow the directions, you get this lovely result.  An evenly dyed, store bought looking shirt:

Another thing to think about is the type of fabric you are dyeing.  The directions said not to dye polyester.  Why?  Because it won’t soak up the color.

Notice the zipper stayed white after the rest of the sweater turned gray.

Cotton sips up a lot of color while it is cooking.  Notice how the bottom picture looks like a squid just squirted itself and the other looks like tea.

I was satisfied with the results of the latter projects and plan on dyeing a few more things.  Mostly my favorite black clothes to make them look new again.  Are you inspired to refresh any of your favorites clothes by splashing them in a new color?

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7 Responses to Color Splash

  1. Smotos Unite says:

    I have some pants to add to the black pile.

  2. tiffany says:

    i think you’ve inspired mike d to dye. he was really impressed at how things turned out

  3. Rob-Dawg says:

    Good tips. I had some experience with Rit when trying to dye some yellow plastic black, but it didn’t go very well. Even after 8 hours in hot water, it still came out with spots.

  4. tiffany says:

    maybe you should buy a grey sharpie and sharpie the zipper

    • nailpolishpaint says:

      I’m leaving it white. It doesn’t look bad since the gray isn’t too dark.

  5. tiffany says:

    the teal shirt doesn’t look bad. but maybe i’ll have to see it in person.

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