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alight, burning bright with an idea?

in applying your will, you can manifest it ! *

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snow daze

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tie dye tip: after you mix your dyes, ideally use them the same day or within the next few days.

I waited two weeks after I mixed this dye to use it due to my work schedule, and as one can see, the colors are significantly less vibrant then my previous batch's hues. 

 

*time scale dependent on degree of difficulty, current laws of physics

tie dye expert tip: if you are utilizing a 8- or 16- wheel 'mandala' or 'snowflake' folding pattern (commonly used to make mandalas, lotuses, flower, and stars) and you wish to include black in your work, do not simply dye one side black, as is the natural inclination when folding with a 'two-sided' pattern such as the common scrunch fold, the ubiquitous galaxy swirl, or any mirror image. Coloring one side black works on these 'two-sided' patterns because the peaks of one side of the fold are the valleys of the other, and as such, will reveal themselves to be side by side 'stripes'. However, when one folds in a 'snowflake' pattern [I titled it thusly due to the fact that one uses this folding pattern (and cutting) to form the well-known craft favorite of paper snowflakes] it is utilizing 'panels', and the all-one color patterns will cluster next to each other.

solution? dye piece with brighter colors as desired then 'sprinkle' black onto both sides. The result is closed to the desired effect of more evenly spaced black locations.

 

dye life lessons: gifts always end up being one's best work. 

knowing just how much dye to use is all about practice and is highly project dependent. learn from mistakes and move forward (or sideways)

the absence of dye can make more of an impact then it's presence. 

there is a place for planning out every minute detail (folding pattern, color palate, dye pattern) and there is a place for spontaneity and surprises. nothing turns out exactly as planned or expected.

 

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custom mod for a. r. v 2.0 - front and back pockets, custom patch with hand-drawn artwork

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custom NU 

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pockets!

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impactful with the single color palette - emphasis on the folding pattern : collar turned out particularly nice, close ups below

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absence of dye makes a big statement

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gotta love organic cotton socks

tie dye tips: choosing a limited color palate has its strengths. There is much to be said for diluting full strength shades of color into pastel shades. For example, to get pink (be it hot pink or light rose), add water to fuchsia, and test with a strip of scrap fabric until you obtain your desired shade (not much water for vibrant pink, for a light rose, add successively more water)

I also tested out sodium alginate thickener. To begin, I found it impossible to manually mix without clumping, although I not only shook it like the dickens, but attempted to squish the clumps out between the sides of the squeeze bottle. This was a semi-effective technique, however, and after a substantial portion of time engaging in this tactic and thought I had removed all of the clumps. However, when I began to use the color, I found that the clumps would clog the nozzle such that I had to apply extensive pressure to clear it as it slowly oozed out. However, eventually when that particular clump would clear,  the pent up pressure would cause an explosion of the dye, until it shortly ran into another clump. The results were incredible, with the thickener causing crisp lines and controlled application, but I need to further explore more effective mixing methods. 

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earth tones

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v. 1.0 of a double dye

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custom work v. 1 for razzy

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from darkness into light 60" x 40" 

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pillowcase clearly not 100% natural fibers

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sarong

 

tie dye pro (although I am no expert, I have spent many hours working on my craft and am beyond the level of a beginner) tips: colors on opposite wheels of the spectrum from one another look great next to each other or in the same position on the reverse side (will end up next door after reveal)

I use cotton thread to bind my folds and tie them tight - but be careful not to cause your design to buckle. I prefer them over rubber bands simply because one can get them tighter, cotton is more easily replenished over rubber trees (natural rubber) or crude oil (synthetic rubber), in addition to producing dyed threads which I then use in other projects. One I run out of my spool, I shall be using artificial sinew and will compare the two.

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it's never too late to mutate (print by ray troll) + mushroom tie dye

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sin + arrow tie dye

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represent 707 + flower

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thick classy sweater

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lace up - future mod with two front pockets

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'el amor conquisara todo'

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peacock

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jean shorts

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double rainbow all the way

 

your wish has been granted - this human has an etsy shop :

 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/enjoyyourjourney

 

now your wildest x-made dreams can come true

 

also a new batch has been borne of the wash  -

dye life lessons and tips from this round:

perfection is statistically unlikely

no matter the amount of planning, there are always surprises, and these are often the greatest gifts

less is more - no need to over-saturate your project

too much dye ? don't squeeze it out, it fades your color and muddies your crisp lines - instead place it over a grate so it can drip out while the dye sets

contemplate your color choices - [this is from someone who loves rainbows and has to exert self-control to not always default to the whole spectrum] often a small selection of colors will have more impact

 

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powdered dye art in the sink

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chocolat swirls  - the middle one looks like one meditating with arms outstretched_998DSC_9481

my tied bundles of joy have been described as voodoo dolls, spiders, and octopi_999DSC_9483 _1000DSC_9484

custom men's high fashion drip dye ombre work for PW - pre-washout

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PW custom work post-washout (un-ideal lighting - white is not as blue)

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spider-puss about to dye

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black 'baconator' custom scarf work for CD

 

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dyed bundles of expectation

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blue bumblebee

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small sachet

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custom work for High Five Freedom