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    Talking Tie Dye!

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    I have some ideas for specific tie dye shirt patterns and designs in certain colors that I want that I haven't seen for sale so I read up on it all night last night and decided I would just make my own. I bought a bunch of Procion fiber reactive dyes, Soda Ash and Urea for the project which should come in a week or so. Gonna go out today and get some generic supplies I'll need. But I was curious how many of you have done tie dying, especially more elaborate stuff and if so, have you got any tips or even pics of your work?

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    I haven't really done anything beyond really simple tie-dyes, but I have done batique, which is a similar technique. You can use certain waxes (we used plain white crayons) to keep the dye from setting on certain parts of the fabric if you want negative space. I... don't remember how we washed the wax off afterwards. XD
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    Hey that sounds cool, I'll have to look that up cos there will be parts I want to remain white... and adds options I hadn't even thought of yet til now!

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    One way to remove the wax is with a hot iron and lots of paper towels...
    At least that's how I was taught to do it

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    I don't have an iron.

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    Washing them in really hot water a few times might remove the wax. I don't know what kinda damage it would do to the washing machine. I have never done tye dye myself but have a few friends that do it. They don not use wax but have use many folding methods held in place with rubber bands. You may be able to find some great folding diagrams if you google it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    I don't have an iron.
    I'd imagine a stove and a cast iron skillet would work just as well...

    I had to do a batik for an art class and we used newspapers and an iron.
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    I think that the ladies I saw do it the "traditional" way used some sort of concoction of hot mud.
    You could always try to be clever and use, say, duct tape instead of wax. Probably won't be as precise though.
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