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#1 Skywatcher

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:33 PM

This was my first tie dye experience, and as usual I had to try the more messy procedures. That said I enjoyed this so much there will be more..............

Maybe many more.

 

I decided to jump right in with the Ice Dye technique. The folding and tying is the most difficult amount of precision. The dying process is semi-controlled chaos, but with beautiful results. 

I wanted a true mirror reverse, so to achieve that the shirts had to be inside out, and folded from front center to align with the back center, and pressed as smooth as possible before tying and folding.

 

I did three my first day, and used different tie folds for each. The dye is sprinkled over the ice to your liking, and allowed to melt, There is no control except the colors and where you put them. Where it melts to, and how it spreads is a completely uncontrollable thing, but really fun to watch.

 

After sitting wrapped for 24 hours, its like opening a present when you rinse them out.

 

Covered in ice and dye (what a mess)

 

Ice Dye 1st phase.jpg   What a mess.jpg

 

My first, a traditional liquid dye application, with the tie as a heart shape.

Front and back

 

Heart tie front.jpg   Heart tie back.jpg

 

An emblem fold with scrunch edges,

front and back

 

emblem fold front.jpg   emblem fold back.jpg

 

And the most complex, a "V " fold pattern, 

front and back

 

V fold front.jpg   V fold back.jpg

 

I will be back with more, but after using the Ice dye, I will probably continue with that method.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:45 PM

Those designs are very visually appealing! I had no idea tye-dyeing could be so fractal and uniform. 


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:49 PM

Bad ass!!   :chucks:  :cool:  :victorious:  :victorious:   :thumbs_up2:  :thumbs_up2:


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:16 PM

Looking good Skye! Especially for your first run! Someone did their research and study. FYI i wear an XL.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:26 PM

WOW,  killer job, Skye!

 

That is really, really cool.  I've never done tie dye.  The closest I've come is more of a Rorschach thing with grease and paint while I doing maintenance to amusement rides, way back in the day, lol...

 

But seriously, I'm going to have to do some research now, cuz I think its really cool.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:34 PM

That is awesome sky.. What kind of dye are you using?


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:52 PM

Thank you people, I am pretty happy with the results.

One, I use the fiber reactive Procion dye. It requires you pre -soak in a soda ash solution, to make the fiber more receptive to the dye.

I am loving the color intensity, and I have purple...................

 

The fractal mirror reflection designs is what attracted me to this technique Myc.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 08:21 PM

Very nice. Your artistic side is shining.

 

Ya know, I've always wondered if the first tie-die garment was the byproduct of some dirty hippy using his Tshirt to strain some cactus or root bark.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 09:02 PM

Maybe it was a Clean hippy!
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 11:29 PM

thats really cool i have a tie dye thread running from a couple of years ago but your shirts blow my shirt away. really impressed, i may have to do some more research


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 05:09 AM

You just had me checking that I hadnt had anything... That is some trippy dying. 


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 05:24 AM

That's so crazy!  I got some weird itch and ended up bleach dying a few shirts on Sunday for the first time!

 

I mean, I did zero research and so they turned out to be garbage, lol.  Yours look great.  After that I watched some great Youtube videos and I'm definitely interested too.  Did the materials cost much?

 

This guy makes great vids:

 

[Direct Link]


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 08:18 AM

OOOH

Thanks for the utube link Side. That guy used the same reverse folding as I did, but used the dye directly on the fabric before adding the ice. I see that gets you more intense color, and more precision.

"Crispy" is one tie dye artist I learned alot from watching his videos. (besides, how cool a name is Crispy for a tie dye artist? )

[Direct Link]

 

The dyes run anywhere from $2.50 to $5.00 for a 2 oz jar, depending on the color, and thats a good amount of dye. Soda ash is cheap. The rest you can piece together from household supplys.

 

I went to Dharma trading Co for the stuff because they have the best variety and price.

 

I am learning that experamentation yields some cool results. (I like crafts that allow for mistakes to become new techniques) 


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 08:50 AM

thats really cool i have a tie dye thread running from a couple of years ago but your shirts blow my shirt away. really impressed, i may have to do some more research

Don't sell yourself short Pan, It was your thread that I remembered and was inspired by. I just took it another direction because I am obsessive compulsive, and don't know how to try new things without jumping in with both feet. I knew I liked the mirror effect and was determined to make my own rather than settle for owning something "close".

 

The tee shirts are test studys for me. I really want to do a few yoga shirts, and long sleeve tees, which is the end goal......

 

So in the meantime, my friends and family will all be getting tie dye..... :)

The public should be able to see us coming when we go out.


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 10:04 AM

You're in business, duder!  Let me know first when you post your catalog. 


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 10:43 AM

Maybe it was a Clean hippy!

Is it no longer hip to use the term "dirty hippie" as a term of endearment?


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 10:55 AM

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 02:08 PM

WTF? I'm the only one who knew people who called people near and dear "Dirty Hippie"  ?


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 02:19 PM

Hey I was just saying that I showered this week.
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Posted 28 August 2018 - 02:26 PM

I didn't (yet).


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