Jacquard Tie Dye Indigo Kit
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- Dye 15 natural-fiber t-shirts or 15 yards of fabric
- Create unique - one-of-a-kind designs
- Contains 20g of indigo dye - 250g of reducing agent - 1 pair of gloves - 2 sti
- Made in the USA- Conforms to ASTM D4236 - For ages 8 and up with adult supervi
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Jacquard Indigo Tie-Dye Kit includes pre-reduced indigo, reducing agent, gloves, rubber bands, 2 wood blocks, quick start instructions and cultural overview of indigo. Kit dyes up to 15 yd or 5 lb of fabric or 15 t-shirts and includes everything you require for dyeing. It is an user-friendly formulation of ancient indigo dyeing art brought to the home dyer and the dye bath lasts for several weeks. Kit allows natural dye process that is used in many cultures around the world. Indigo dye used for coloring fabrics and blue jeans is one of the oldest dyes that comes from a plant. Indigo dyeing features unique characteristics that facilitates convenient creation of beautiful resist patterns on fabric.
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Create 2 unique tie-dye t-shirts with the Jacquard Jewel Tones Tie Dye Kit (Indigo). This series of Tie Dye kits offer an assortment of colors for creating beautiful garments. Jewel tones are popular in the fashion world and using 2 complementary hues results in a sophisticated, one of a kind garment. This package contains 2 applicator bottles with complementary jewel tone colors, a package of soda ash, a pair of gloves, rubber bands, and easy-to-follow instructions with 3 tying techniques. This kit dyes 2 shirts (sold separately). For use on 100% cotton, linen, rayon, and hemp only. Available in a variety of Jewel Tones colors, each sold separately. Conforms to ASTM D 4236 and ASTM F 963. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Adult supervision advised. Made in USA.
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2021
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This little kit has everything you might need to do basic dying but because I wanted to do two Shibori dye techniques I used rope (Arashi Shibori) and also a PVC pipe (for pole wrapping) and twine.
The instructions are really well written and they even give you a short version and a detailed version along with the history of indigo blue dying.
I used a 5 gallon bucket with a lid to do the dying. I was able to dye for 3 days but the best results were on the first day.
I prepared my projects, soaked and squeezed them out first. I stirred the vat as directed and hand scooped the bloom foam stuff off to one side of the vat. I was able to dye several things at once being careful not to let them touch the bottom of the bucket where they might get undissolved dye on them. I just held them for 5 minutes while they were in the dye bath (you might get yourself a little chair to sit on for the long 5 minutes). Once they were dyed 3-4 times with a 20 minute oxygenating process between the dye baths I then let then took off the wrappings and spread them on the grass to dry. Once dried I put them in the washing machine and on the rinse cycle then ran them through a wash cycle.
I did 3- 6 x 9 foot drop cloths, several t shirts, a white sheet and 2 dresses. I could have dyed a lot more. It really dyes a lot and the results are fantastic just be sure you only dye cotton fabrics. If it has polyester in it it won't take the dye. I just poured the unused dye on the grass and it didn't even show or hurt the grass at all.
It was so much fun!!!
Well with the $$$
That said, the indigo bath still worked so I went with it!
I think I got good color with the kit, but since I'm a novice I'm not sure what truly "good" color is! I ran a depth of color experiment where I dipped swatches of canvas multiple times in the vat. I would allow the pieces to oxidize for 5 minutes between dips.
I found the best color range for the following dips:
1 second, 1 dip (light baby blue)
10 seconds, 1 dip
30 seconds, 1 dip
1 minute, 2 dips
1 minute, 4 dips
1 minute, 6 dips (deep blackish navy blue)
The times between did not show any difference in color depth than their surrounding swatches.
It's very important to allow your pieces time outside of the vat to oxidize (at least 5 minutes between dips), or else you will not achieve good depth of color. I found I got faster oxidization by hanging my piece up over an open window — if you have a window over your kitchen sink, this is a perfect spot. The instructions say to allow 15 minutes to oxidize, but I think that's overkill — once the piece turns blue and there is no green left, it's done!
It's important that you *hang* your pieces when they are oxidizing — if the piece is touching anything, the parts that touch anything will not oxidize. If you don't do this, it's no biggie – it just means you'll spend more time flipping your piece to get all the fabric that wasn't in contact with the air to oxidize... save time and just hang it up!
Other details that helped me along:
- I scoured my fabric with soda ash prior to dying. You can find instructions for how to scour online. This will allow you to achieve the best depth of color.
- I wore high and thick plastic gloves... they were great because they allowed me to dip my arms deeper into the vat, which the cheap blue ones that came with the kit would not allow me to do. I could also take the gloves off and do other things while I was waiting for pieces to oxidize.
- I bought a 5 gallon bucket with a lid from the hardware store, it was only $8.
- I placed a long wooden stick (1"x1"x1") over my bucket so that when I lifted my pieces up, the drips would hit the wooden stick instead of dripping back into the vat. The drips would travel along the stick, and then drip down back into the bucket along the outer edge. This allowed me to minimize dripping / swishing / splashing.
- When I stored my vat, I placed it next to my apartment's gas heater, set it to 70 degrees, and wrapper a big wool blanket around it to keep it warm.
- I used a foldable drying rack to hang my pieces to dry, and spread out a big rag underneath the drying rack to catch the drips.
- I carefully labeled and saved my swatches for later use — I intend to buy another kit in the future, this was so fun!
I hope this information will help you with whatever you're making!
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