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i want to dye a big 9x3 silk i got to be a playstand canopy. i love the rainbow ones but how do i dye it with different colors without them all mixing?
 

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Someone recently explained this to me (or at least how she did it) and I think what she said is that she layers the colors like starting with yellow, then orange can go over yellow, red can go over orange. Then maybe starting from the other side with green, blue can go over green and purple can go over blue. Then somehow blending the purple and the red with a burgandy color or something??<br><br>
I guess I really didn't listen all that carefully 'cause it's not making all that much sense as I try to type it out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
So I think I'll just stop there and wait for someone who really knows to explain it to both of us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I've never done this. The most common technique for multi-color effects is to only allow one section at a time to be exposed to the color. Tie dyeing works this way, for example. Batik is done by applying wax to the sections you don't want dyed.<br><br>
Anyway, I suggest looking for a book on dyeing techniques or visiting the web-site of a company that sells dyes. Sometimes they'll have info on different techniques.
 

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There was a thread awhile back in Arts & Crafts about dyeing playsilks. The rainbow idea had many people stymied, but I think eventually people decided to do it by dipping sections and rubber banding each section to separate them. Do a search over there and see if you can find it.
 

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hmmm..maybe i should have shelled out $37 for the sarah's silks one..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
the rubber band idea is what i was thinking. i have the dyes in squirty bottles so i don't even need to dip, i could just squirt it in to each section. i'll let you know how it goes...luckily i got 2 in case it's a disaster <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
(looking in arts & crafts too)
 

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Not needing to dip is a big help. So you are thinking of using the rubber bands to block the dye seeping into the next section?<br><br>
I have almost no experience doing fabric dyeing. I usually dye either yarn or fiber.
 

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I saw this in new posts section. If you plan the order of colors you can have them blend in the middle to create the secondary colors. It's best to wet the whole cloth, so the colors will blend gracefully. I'd start with red on the end, then yellow near the center and let them blend to make orange, then blue next to the yellow and let them blend to make green, then you could either add purple on the end or another application of red to let it blend with the blue to make purple.<br><br>
The rubber bands will probably make white stripes if they are tight, so just be aware if that's not the effect you want. Be careful about green and red too close together. They'll make brown, as will purple and yellow or blue and orange.<br>
Have fun with it.
 

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When I've made rainbow silks in the past we just dipped into red, blue and yellow. Dip red at both ends, then supporting the silk, so the red didn't touch the rest of the silk, dip half the undied middle into yellow and the other half into blue. The overlap of the primary colors created orange, green and purple. The biggest challenge, especially with a large silk, is keeping the colors from touching where you don't want them to. If you have squirt bottles you can do the same thing. Just use red, yellow and blue and let the colors run together between them to make orange green and purple. it would probably be much easier with the squirt bottle, because you could just lay the silk out and there would be less chance of the silk touching and transferring dye where you didn't want it. Good luck!
 

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I was successful at this once. What I did is that I first soaked the silk in white vinegar for 30 minutes (the vinegar acts as the fixing agent for the dye). Then I removed the silk from the vinegar, squeezed out the excess & tied rubberbands around it to separate each section. I then used the squirt bottles to apply color to each section (I'd recommend saving red for last since that color is so messy). You don't want to use so much die that it's dripping - that will only end up making the color from one section wind up in another. Anyway, once all colors were done (and I probably wore latex gloves for that process) then I *very carefully* placed the entire silk in a ziploc bag (I'm sure I coiled it, trying to keep the colors from touching too much), zipped it up, then put in in the microwave and cooked it on full power for 2 minutes, stopping it every 30 seconds or so to allow the air bubble that will form to go down (do NOT let it explode!). Once that's done, let it cool until you can handle it, then wash it out under water until all the die is gone (if you want to go through the trouble or if you already have it, use Synthrapol to help wash the dye out). Good luck!<br><br>
ETA: The silk I dyed was only a 44" square size. You might want to try loosly wrapping each segment in plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap) before coiling it up and placing into the bag.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When I've made rainbow silks in the past we just dipped into red, blue and yellow. Dip red at both ends, then supporting the silk, so the red didn't touch the rest of the silk, dip half the undied middle into yellow and the other half into blue. The overlap of the primary colors created orange, green and purple. The biggest challenge, especially with a large silk, is keeping the colors from touching where you don't want them to. If you have squirt bottles you can do the same thing. Just use red, yellow and blue and let the colors run together between them to make orange green and purple. it would probably be much easier with the squirt bottle, because you could just lay the silk out and there would be less chance of the silk touching and transferring dye where you didn't want it. Good luck!</div>
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This totally makes sense! I've been wanting try this and could figure out how to keep the colors separated, but I see now that if you just use the three primary colors they'll blend nicely <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">. Thanks!
 

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Okay, I've not tried it yet, but hope to soon, but here is what I read (on MDC I think) to try: Painting the colors! So my plan is to prep the silk as others have suggested and I usually do, then lay it out on my patio table and sponge brush paint the stripes on. I do plan for them to mix together blending, but I didn't want the white bands from rubberbands or a tie-dye look.<br><br>
I'll let you know how it works!
 
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