Dyeing Feathers
  • I'm currently trying to dye feathers for hair extensions. I need the color to be safe so it won't transfer onto my client's hair. I have a handful of colors from the Procion MX series, and some soda ash that I haven't opened, and I wonder if I should exchange them for acid dye. I tested one color on some feathers, but I'm not sure the color won't bleed.

    I intend to trade the procion mx for acid dye, and I could use some directions for mixing small batches of dye, and assuring colorfastness.
    Any help is welcome.
  • Jacquard Acid dyes are the best dye for animal fibers.

    Instructions for the acid dyes can be found here: http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/instructions1.php

    Washfastness and other technical information can be found here:
    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/dyeprops.php

    Blended colors aren't listed on the chart, so those will have to be individually tested.

    Jenny
  • I am also going to try and dye feathers for hair extensions. I talked to someone at the craft store and she told me to add soda ash to the mix. I saw the instructions on this site and they said vinegar. Why would she say soda ash?

    As you can probably tell I have no experience whatsoever on dyeing material other than hair as I am a hairstylist. Thanks for any help you can give.

    Deb :)
  • Soda ash is really only used when dyeing cellulose fibers with Procion MX dyes. When using Procion MX dyes with protein fibers, we recommend vinegar.When using Jacquard Acid dyes on feathers, you would use vinegar.

    Jenny
  • Thanks for your help. I'm going to try to do some this evening :cool:
  • I tried it once and vinegar worked pretty good :)