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Old 07-22-2010, 11:06 AM   #1351
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First time I found this! These are so cute ! Of course, I haven't read every post! Where do you buy your tie die kit from? Thanks!!
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:41 AM   #1352
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:43 AM   #1353
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Here some Halloween colors for Inspiration:







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Old 07-26-2010, 11:56 AM   #1354
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So me and my girls got all of our tie dying done yesterday. The good news is we had fun.

The bad news is we made such a mess that I think it will all just be a blob. The first shirts did not get enough dye and the last shirts got way too much dye.

Now to wait until they can be rinsed out.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:25 PM   #1355
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I've recently discovered a deep love of tiedye.

Started out with the Jacquard kits, then got asked to tiedye chef coats for where I work and oh man what a nightmare that was. 64% polyester chef coats. We had to do them with Jacquard iDyes, both the natural and synthetic dyes...and then hold the stupid coats in the dye for 30 min while they simmered on the stove. We did it on a flipping 90 degree day too....never again....never again. Certainly not your normal tie dye either, they ended up having this weird old american flag quality to them (we did blue and red, which is what the chef wanted) I'll try to post a pic eventually.

We just did more today, socks and shirts and 1 hoodie, and we used Jacquard Procion dyes, hopefully they'll turn out ok.

I wanted to ask Pixie...do you think we could save the soda ash water? We also have a decent amount left over and have just been throwing it out but it's starting to get expensive. Could we just save it in a lidded bucket and reuse it?
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:41 PM   #1356
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You can re use it, but I don't know if it would be ok to keep it for a long period of time. If you use a lot it would be better to buy the bigger can, also mix just enough for what are you using at the time.

The Soda Ash is also called SODIUM CARBONATE, or shocker, its use in swimming pools to raise the PH, you can find it in Wal mart, home depot etc. The big jug is about 6 -8 dollars, and it goes a loooong way. Right now all the pool stuff is on sale.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:52 PM   #1357
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Sorry if you've mentioned this stuff a billion times. I just can't go through 90+ pages of posts you know?

I was just doing some pricing research on the dyes...and I think I'm going to switch to the Dharma dyes. We paid about $4.50 for the 2/3oz jars of Jacquard at the only craft store in Buffalo that carries it, but most of the Dharma colors run that much, give or take a couple bucks depending on the color, for 2 full oz, so obviously better deal. I'll definitely just get the pool shocker stuff now, it's stupid to pay more just because its sold through a craft store... I found that out with chinese takeout boxes too. My friend is getting married and we're putting her favors in little takeout boxes that we stamped with a peacock (that's her theme), and when I was looking for the boxes on the web, on craft store sites it was like 50 bucks for 50 boxes, then I looked on a restaurant supply site and they were like 8 cents a box. Obviously a big difference!

Thanks for your help, I don't know how long "long'' would be as far as storage but we might give it a shot if it means not wasting as much. We've only dyed 4 times even, and once was that stupid polyester business which doesn't use soda ash, so we're very much still learning how much/many things we need.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:06 AM   #1358
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Yes, the soda ash is only for natural fibers.

You can try the Dharma, it might be better for you. I like them a lot.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:42 AM   #1359
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Some Pix of the day... :D Lots of color to bright your day!





















Hope everybody is doing great! :D
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:36 AM   #1360
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Shirt Day!

We are going to attempt it today. I can't wait to see how they come out. We are going down to WDW soon and are a party of eight, varied ages. I need them to be cool colors for a 17 year old boy and 13 year old girl. Wish me luck!
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:57 AM   #1361
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We are going to attempt it today. I can't wait to see how they come out. We are going down to WDW soon and are a party of eight, varied ages. I need them to be cool colors for a 17 year old boy and 13 year old girl. Wish me luck!
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Girls are easy ♥ Boys and specially teens are hard, but you can go with blues, navy, black, if he likes a football or baseball team, you can go with those colors Have fun!
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:15 AM   #1362
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Again sorry if you've answered this before..

Have you just been experimenting with the colors or do you have particular ones you like for blue, or purple or red? Have you had luck mixing them, or if you want orange, do you just get orange? The last time I dyed and used the Jacquard Procion dyes, I got Lilac because it looked like a nice true purple on the swatch they had at the store, but after all was said and done it really was lilac. Still looked good, but not what I expected from the swatch. The swatch wasn't a fabric swatch, but like a printed card. Do you find the colors are pretty true to what they say? Is Royal Blue really Royal Blue, or is it more of a Denim Blue? I know how you mix the dye has an effect on it, and I thought that's what had happened with this lilac because it was so light. But when I went back to the swatch, the color on there had a lot more of a grape tone to it, a little more red, while what I ended up with had a more blue undertone.

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Old 08-01-2010, 12:29 AM   #1363
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Again sorry if you've answered this before..

Have you just been experimenting with the colors or do you have particular ones you like for blue, or purple or red? Have you had luck mixing them, or if you want orange, do you just get orange? The last time I dyed and used the Jacquard Procion dyes, I got Lilac because it looked like a nice true purple on the swatch they had at the store, but after all was said and done it really was lilac. Still looked good, but not what I expected from the swatch. The swatch wasn't a fabric swatch, but like a printed card. Do you find the colors are pretty true to what they say? Is Royal Blue really Royal Blue, or is it more of a Denim Blue? I know how you mix the dye has an effect on it, and I thought that's what had happened with this lilac because it was so light. But when I went back to the swatch, the color on there had a lot more of a grape tone to it, a little more red, while what I ended up with had a more blue undertone.

Sorry for the crazy detailed question and sorry for making everyone else scroll through this!

No, if I want orange or purple I just buy those colors, the only time they mix is if I want them mix on the shirt, like the turquoise and red will make purple if you overlap them, but I normally just buy the colors. I do mix them sometimes to make them stronger, it just depends, I do like to experiment, sometimes I get great results sometimes not

That is pretty normal, the colors would not always going to look like the swatches all depends on the lots, just like the yarn, make senses? If you buy lilac is going to be lilac regardless of the swatch, if you want purple make sure you get purple, grape, etc, or you can mix the lilac with another blue to make it purple .

As for the royal blue, I had never use royal blue, im going to try, next time I place and order
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:55 PM   #1364
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I definitely know what you mean by yarn and dye lots. I guess I'm so used to other peoples color descriptions I was thrown when the name of a color actually lived up to its name. I ran into this with the my friend's wedding, with teal vs turquoise. I consider teal to have a bit more green in it, and turquoise to be more blue. She ordered 2 chair sashes labeled "teal", that looked teal on the website (both on her computer and mine, so it wasn't just our color settings), and when we got them, one was actually teal and one was really turquoise. I used to stock the arcylic paints in a craft store, and always wanted to rename them..thinking "That's not really grape, really more of an aubergine, and this isn't denim blue, its more robin's egg" After seeing that swatch looking so much more true purple, having it really turn out lilac was a shocker!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:00 AM   #1365
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I know. It does happends with other colors, like the greens, the look really lime greens on the swatchs and when you use them the green is more like grass green, darker.
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