Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas crafting

         ICE DYEING 
White fabric/garment (cotton, silk, or   rayon work best)
Soda ash or ‘Washing soda’
Bucket for soda ash solution
Rubber gloves
Cooling rack or anything to elevate the fabric above the dripping dye
Plastic tub big enough for cooling rack 
Mesh or screen to hold the fabric in     place
Dust mask
Apron or old clothing
Plastic spoons
Dye powder from Dharma or Michael’s
Old sheets or plastic for table

1. Pre-wash fabric
2. Mix soda ash in a bucket (1 cup per gallon of water). Put the fabric in and let it soak 15-20 minutes. Squeeze out excess solution.  Make sure to wear gloves.
3. Shake out fabric carefully and then gently scrunch up or fold fabric.  Place on cooling rack in the tub.  I used a large yogurt container and a smaller cup upside down inside as a rack. 
4. Cover fabric with ice, and then put on dust mask.
5. Using plastic spoons, sprinkle dye powder over the ice one at a time.  I used Navy, amethyst, and marigold.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 12 hours. 
7. After 12 hours, take out the fabric and rinse in cold, running water.  Dry and enjoy your creation.


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