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- JACQUARD-Indigo Tie Dye Kit
- Experience the exciting ancient and mystical process of dyeing with indigo a plant-based dye that gives beautiful shades of 'indigo blue'
- Jacquard's Pre-Reduced Indigo easily mixes with water and makes setting up an indigo vat practically effortless
- Jacquard's Indigo Tie Dye Kit comes with enough dye to color up to 15 natural-fiber 5-shirts or 15 yards of fabric
- With this fun group activity, you can create unique, one-of-a-kind designs
- Contains 20g of indigo dye, 250g of reducing agent, 1 pair of gloves, 2 stir sticks, rubber bands, and instruction booklet
- Made in the USA; Conforms to ASTM D4236; For ages 8 and up with adult supervision
- For over 30 years, Jacquard has been the leading manufacturer of artist quality textile, mixed media and craft products
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JACQUARD-Indigo Tie Dye Kit. Experience the exciting ancient and mystical process of dyeing with indigo a plant-based dye that gives beautiful shades of 'indigo blue'. Jacquard's Pre-Reduced Indigo easily mixes with water and makes setting up an indigo vat practically effortless. This kit contains: 20g of indigo dye 250g of Reducing Agent one pair of gloves two wood sticks assorted rubber bands and instruction booklet with dye patterns. You will need a 5gal bucket with lid a large pole for stirring water and your own natural fabrics for dyeing (all not included). This kit will dye more than 15yds of fabric or 15 shirts. Conforms to ASTM D4236. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Adult supervision advised. Warning: Contains dye powder sodium carbonate and thiourea dioxide. May be harmful if misused. Made in USA.
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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.
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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!
That being said, once I read the instructions I figured I would try it out since I already had purchased. I did a ton of shirts, 2 fitted bed sheets, 2 pillow cases, and about 20 hand towels. Everything came out great, except for the towels.. But they were cheap and I figured it was worth a try. They soaked up too much dye, so they're just blue now instead of having a pattern.
Despite doing all of that dying, I still had about a gallon left over that got thrown out.
I'm not sure I'd ever do it again, but I'm glad I got to try it.
The instructions were very straightforward and there were three sizes of rubber bands included which is great for varying designs.