Friday, January 13, 2012

What Can I Dye? An Experiment


I have been seeing all sorts of different items being dyed - so I wanted to do a little experiment on my own. I had some cheap dye from the dollar store that had been sitting around my house for ages in the primary colors. I got three plastic containers and filled them half full with boiling water. I put in half the packet - and stirred each one to dissolve the crystals. Then I started playing - this is what I found out....
  (FYI - after taking the item out of the water - I rinsed it under cool water until the water ran clean)


 Paper doilies were a success! Love them, and the possibilities are endless!


Burlap - another success. I just love how these turned out. I only did little pieces so it will be interesting when I try bigger pieces. 


Glassine bags - success. I didn't think these would take the color but I was wrong. I used the bags that are not waxed.


Muslin - success!


Clothespins - success. I love how I can still see the wood grain. The only thing with the pins is they didn't dye where the wood is together - so when I open the pin the original wood color is still there. 


Buttons - kind of success. I am thinking if I used Rit dye - they would have turned out good. Here is the link at Rit dye on how to dye buttons - CLICK HERE.


Tuling - not as good as I would have liked, but I was surprised it dyed at all.


White beads. They didn't get as dark as I hoped, but I do like them!


Drop cloth turned out great!


Jute - another success, and oh, the possibilities!


Card stock - it colored nice - the paper is now textured and wrinkly, but it looks like handmade paper now. Could be interesting!!


Lunch bag - not a success. The paper went all spotty and weird. 


Acrylic felt - not as successful as I hoped - but it did do a pastel like color. 


Coffee filters - success! If I used white ones, the color would have been more true - but I like the country color look. 

So - there is my experiment. Hopefully this will stir up some creative juices!

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12 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. This is amazing and I'm off to buy some dye!!
    Hugs
    Karen

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  2. Great idea !!!what kind of dye do you use ? for material ??
    Thank you for sharing
    Mirevan from Chambéry

    www.mirevan.canalblog.com

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    1. Hello and thank you for your comment. For my experiment, I used dye that I had sitting around that I bought from the dollar store - it is called Tintex. I am going to get a collection of Rit dye though as they have on their website a formula on how to make 500 colors using the colors they have available. I was surprised at the dollar store brand - but if I am going to go to a lot of work to dye things I am willing to pay more money for better quality.
      Have fun crafting!!

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  3. Wow this is great!! I love it!! Thanks for experimenting!!

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  4. Great post! Thank you for taking the guess work out of my next dye project :)

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  5. I love this post.

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  7. how cool is that!! I learn something new everyday! I am your newest follower.

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  8. such a cute project, i sort of love the way the white beads went even though it wan't as you had planned! xxxx

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  9. Really want to try this! I found you through Pinterest and am now following your blog:) Very interesting ideas! I have a craft blog at: www.rockpaperscissorscreate.blogspot.com if you'd like to follow back:)

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  10. Wow Thanks for sharing all that work you did so we don't have to do it. I'm just gonna bookmark this....lol

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  11. Years later, someone saw this and thought it was cool! :)

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