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Old 06-16-2010, 05:21 PM   #1291
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:55 AM   #1292
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These shirts are wonderful!! I just tie-dyed for the first time with my son's 1st grade class. We made shirts for them to wear on their beach field trip. So much fun!!! We are off to Disney in Aug. so I'm going to give Mickey shirts a try.

My daughter wants a sun dress. Any suggestions on where to find a 100% cotton simple, white tank dress? Seems all the places I look are either not 100% cotton or they already have designs and colors.

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:46 AM   #1293
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Well I did the tulip dye last night, I only filled the bottles half way through so I hope that they turn out really bright. I used pink and purple on mine and pink, purple and blue on my daughters - only b/c we ran out of pink and purple - bummer b/c I really wanted us to be matching .

The directions say to rinse then launder in warm water-- anyone have experience with the tulip, when I washed the rit ones in warm water they bled and I really don't want these to bleed. Also with the tulip do you keep rinsing until the water runs clear or just rinse while taking the rubberbands off and then put in the wash?

I am really really hoping these turn out, I will be really aggrevated if they don't as this is what feels like my 200th attempt. I really soaked them to so hoping that I won't have much white -so we will see. I know on they edges that my colors ran together some but I don't mind that, I just didn't want much white. This was also my first time doing a spiral so that should be interesting in itself.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:12 AM   #1294
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Is sodium carbonate the same as washing soda?
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:23 AM   #1295
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Is sodium carbonate the same as washing soda?
I googled and found this...

Washing soda, sodium carbonate, is an alkaline with a pH of 11, and while it doesn't give off harmful fumes, you do need to wear gloves. It is found in the laundry section of most supermarkets. Arm & Hammer is one brand; Shop and Save has a generic house brand. It is also known as Soda Ash. You can also buy it from swimming pool supply stores; a popular brand is pH up. This is not the same thing as baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate. Though similar, sodium carbonate is a much stronger base.

So I would say yes, they are the same...
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:20 AM   #1296
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I googled and found this...

Washing soda, sodium carbonate, is an alkaline with a pH of 11, and while it doesn't give off harmful fumes, you do need to wear gloves. It is found in the laundry section of most supermarkets. Arm & Hammer is one brand; Shop and Save has a generic house brand. It is also known as Soda Ash. You can also buy it from swimming pool supply stores; a popular brand is pH up. This is not the same thing as baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate. Though similar, sodium carbonate is a much stronger base.

So I would say yes, they are the same...
Haha I see that is says to wear gloves -- I did not wear gloves when doing the ringing of the shirts with the soda ash and my hands felt really funky, then when I was dying apparently my index finger on my glove got a hole so now it is purple-- hope I didn't permantely dye myself

Do you all use pencils to trace your mickey head? I have been using colored pencils - I have tried the mechanical and regular but it takes forever to trace so... I started using a colored pencil and much more simple -- I made sure to match the same color of pencil with whatever color I am doing the mickey head just in case it doesn't wash out and since this was the first time of using soda ash wasn't sure how a colored pencil would react to it.
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:05 PM   #1297
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Sodium Carbonate and soda ash, PH-up are the same thing.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:18 PM   #1298
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So how your shirts coming?
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:12 AM   #1299
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:57 AM   #1300
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Has anyone used dye strings? I bought a kit and along with the liquid dye it has 8 dye strings.

According to the directions you soak the shirts for 20 minutes in soda ash. Then substitute rubber bands for tie0dye strings for any technique. It says "tie-dye strings give a softer look to all of these designs, since the string absorbs a portion of the dye instead of completely blocking it off from the fabric." Once your fabric is wrapped in the strings wrap the cloth in an old rag or a paper towel to make a bundle. This outer layer will absorb the excess dye later on. Add the bundle to the soda ash mixture and let sit for 20 minutes.

So do I also add liquid dye in addition to the strings?

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Old 06-18-2010, 04:53 PM   #1301
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I've seen those strings but had not used them.
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Oh those are beautiful! My dd said to tell you the rainbow ones are the pretiest ones ever.

Do you have a picture of the back of the dress. I just bought both of my girls that dress to tie-dye. I like how you did 4 different Mickey heads. I am trying to figure out where to start the spiral and how the back looks.

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Oh those are beautiful! My dd said to tell you the rainbow ones are the pretiest ones ever.

Do you have a picture of the back of the dress. I just bought both of my girls that dress to tie-dye. I like how you did 4 different Mickey heads. I am trying to figure out where to start the spiral and how the back looks.

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Thank you, tell the girls thank you, those are my favorites too ♥♥♥

Oh I didn't take a pic of the back of those dresses but I have the back on another one, hope it helps!


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