Flytyer, didn't you forgot the vinegar?flytyer said:Anyhow this how to use acid dye: 1) put 2 quarts (or 2 liters) of distilled water (distilled water has no impurities in it that might react with the dye and effect your color) in the stainless steel pot, add 1/2 teaspoon of Syntrapol; 2) heat this to about 160 degrees; 3) add the dye either putting 1/4 teaspoon of dye powder directly into the water/Synthapol mixture you have heated and stir it well to make sure it is all dissolved (this is what I usually do), or you can past up 1/4 teaspoon of dye in 4 oz of hot water in a pyrex, clear plastic, or stainless steel cup or small container and then add the resulting paste to the water and Syntrhapol mixture; 4) After the dye is well dissolved, add the feathers, fur, or a few tails; 5) after 15 minutes, check your material for color (it should be very close if hot finished) and if not quite dark enough, let it sit another 5 minutes before checking again; and 6) upon reaching the color you want, dump everything (dye, water, material) into a strainer and rinse with clean water until it comes out clear. All you need to do now is set the material aside to dry.
Although this sound very involved and complicated, it is really very easy and the results are very predicatable, if you use acid dye powder.
I'm sorry, I guess overdying was not the right word for what I meant. I meant that it's easy to dye it too much with veniard, getting a much darker colour than wanted. So I guess we agree on that part.flytyer said:McIntyre,
I've found it far easier to overdye with Jacquard's, Wash Fast, Kiton, or Fly Dye than with Veniard's because these four dye true to color every time (unlike Veniard's with the exception of Veniard's kingfisher blue, hot orange, and hot pink). And each of these companies offer some colors that the others don't. For instance, fl. fuschia is only offered by Jacquard's, hot purple is offered by Wash Fast (sold by pro chemical and dye), and darhma trading company offers a wonderful true fl. yellow (what we used to call chrome yellow).
For those who don't know what we are talking about with overdying, it is simply dying a material one color and after rinsing the excess dye out of it when finished, putting the already dyed material in another color dye bath. This is very useful for producing fiery brown (first dye Jacquard's chocalate brown and then overdye with Jacquard's pumpkin orange), dark purple (first dye with violet and then overdye with navy blue), hot purple (first dye with violet and then overdye with hot pink or fuschia), getting blue or purple out of black (overdye with orange-not fl. orange).