a few questions
  • hi,

    I have some questions
    First--if dyeing silks with acid dyes using the stove top method, what is the next step after removing dyes from the pot?
    also, what is the appropriate techique for dyeing a silk camisole 2 differ3nt colors or layering colors? Would I need to paint it rather than immerse it in dye, I guess that's an obvious question, but I don't know. How can I paint the front of the top without getting color on the back of the top--I probably need to line the inside of the top with plastic, right?

    ANother website said that acid dyes are not good for silk painting--is this true?

    teal
  • Hi,

    Acid Dyes are great for silk painting as long as you are prepared to steam the silk to set the colors.

    It will be easier to paint the fabric rather than emersion dye it if you want to achieve various colors.

    Below is steaming instructions a recipe for painting with acid dyes.

    Acid Dyes for Silk Painting:

    Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of very hot water to one .5 oz. Acid Dye Powder. Stir until dissolved. This will yield a very concentrated dye solution. Most colors require further dilution. Note: every color has a different solubility. Some colors are difficult to dissolve such as 605 and 618, but most are easily dissolved. The final concentration of the dye solution for painting should be between 4 and 8%. Start by adding 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of water to the 8 ounces you already have, test the color and continue adding water until desired shade is achieved. Keep in mind that the color intensity really develops in the steam setting process. Most colors will remain stable in solution for a long period of time. However, some colors will fall out of solution upon cooling or from sitting for a matter of weeks. To restore them simply heat them on the stove. A small amount of alcohol (about 1 tablespoon) can be added to the dye solution as a wetting agent.

    Steaming

    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    Celia
  • Thank you for the help ! I can't wait to try this tommorrow!