28 January 2015
Dip dyeing is not only a lot of fun but is also one of those things in which the partly uncontrolled and unknown effects give the amazing surprises and best outcomes. You can dip dye all most anything but in this instance we are dyeing the Monkey's Fist necklace. If you would like to make your own just follow our easy step - by - step tutorial here.
The colors used in this example are Dark Green and Royal Blue, using the colors from the pack makes the result easier to predict and reproduce. Though if you have the hang of it and are looking for something more special RIT has a great interactive tool to help you create about 500 shades from their standard 26 colors.
- - two colors of RIT dye powder
- - Salt
- - Rubber gloves
- - Container to mix dyeIf you're having trouble following the provided steps, feel free to contact us. We'd enjoy hearing from you!
Take the item you want to double-dip-dye, in this case the monkeys fist necklace, and wet it through.
Prepare your first dye, you can play endlessly with the mix, but we recommend 1 tablespoon of RIT dye powder with 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 ½ cups of hot water (not boiling). When ready hang about one third of your necklace in the jar.
Leave it in the jar to soak for about 30 min. After which put on your gloves take out the necklace and gently rinse it under lukewarm water out.
Now to prepare your second dye, again you can play with this but we are going for the same mix ratio as in step two. When it's ready hang in a third of the necklace in such a way that the part you just dyed does not reach this dye.
After soaking for another 30 min take the necklace out and run it under lukewarm water to get the majority of the dye off. After getting the worst off gently wash it in lukewarm water with a little mild detergent.
Finally, run it under cold water to help fix the dye. Hang or leave flat to dry.
If you just want to dye some rope, yarn or thread you can speed things up a bit. Make a neat bundle out of your rope and fix it around the middle. Hang one end of the bundle in one color dye and the other end in the other. No need to wait and repeat! just dye two colors in one go!
Keep in mind that once dry the colors will be a bit lighter then how they appeared when wet!