Setting Red Label silk dyes
  • Can you "steam" set red label silk dyes by ironing the painted silk with a steam iron? If so, how long does it take?
  • Hi Elissa,

    Steaming the Red Label Silk Dyes must be done in a steam chamber - either something like a large pot - set up somewhat like a vegetable steamer or a rocket steamer.
    Steaming with an iron is not sufficient to set the dyes.
    See this page for silk steamers: http://jacquardproducts.com/steamers.html
    To make your own steamer at home you can follow these instructions:
    Steaming requires more time, but the color yield is very intense.
    There are commercial steamers available or
    smaller pieces can be steamed at home with the following method.
    You will need a large pot with a rack that fits
    inside, white newsprint, masking tape, and aluminum foil.
    1. Roll the fabric in newsprint, making sure there is a layer of paper between each roll of fabric.
    The paper
    should extend a few inches beyond the fabric on either end of the roll.
    2. When all the fabric has been rolled, wrap newsprint around the bundle a few extra times. Secure the roll by
    taping length of roll. Coil gently to a size that will fit into the pot.
    Tape securely.
    3. Place rack into the pot. Pour water to a level that is well below the bottom of the rack. Make sure top of
    rack is dry and place bundle on the rack.
    4. Shape a piece of aluminum foil into a dome and place it over the bundle for protection.
    This will keep condensation from dripping on the silk. Make sure neither the packet nor the foil touches the sides of the pot.
    5. Cover the pot with the lid. Place the pot on the stove and bring water to a boil. Reduce the heat but keep it
    high enough to produce steam. Steam the packet for 1 hour. Allow packet to cool. Unwrap the silk and rinse
    in cool water to remove excess dye. Lay flat to dry and you're done

    hope this helps
    annette
  • Thanks for the info. I've been steaming for years, but was just wondering. I made my self a steamer from a Rocket Roaster Poultry Roaster, putting water where the charcoal is meant to go. It works really well.
  • Cool! I'll have to check that out!

    annette