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Old 03-21-2011, 08:58
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Question how to make colors colorfast after dying

I'm going to start dying my own feathers & fabric to get custom colors...

I read that to make them colorfast, I can soak them in vinegar & salt...

Does anyone use this process? How did it work out?

My main goal is to not have the colors bleed at anytime.

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Default Re: how to make colors colorfast after dying

You probably want to use a fiber reactive dye which are naturally colorfast. I have never dyed feathers, but I dye all my fabrics with fiber reactive dyes. I have tried silk with kool-aid and vinegar but I can't get the color to stay vibrant after washing with that method, they stain pastel more than anything. I had a bit more success with food coloring, but still had some color loss.

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You probably want to use a fiber reactive dye which are naturally colorfast. I have never dyed feathers, but I dye all my fabrics with fiber reactive dyes. I have tried silk with kool-aid and vinegar but I can't get the color to stay vibrant after washing with that method, they stain pastel more than anything. I had a bit more success with food coloring, but still had some color loss.

I get all my dyed from dharmatrading.com
I should probably just google this, but what is reactive?

I was thinking rit dye. lol.

I guess I need to do somemore research.

Thanks for your help!
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Default Re: how to make colors colorfast after dying

Post pics after you try!

I have been wondering about dying feathers too, but am too scared to try.
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I found this link. I get my feathers by the end of the week. We will see!

http://www.ritdye.com/diy-projects/o.../dyed-feathers
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Let us know how they turn out!! I've never dyed feathers before so maybe RIT is good enough for them. If you want to dye fabric though, I would try the fibre reactive stuff I mentioned.
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I got my feathers & died some. Teal did not look good! It was horrible. But the fuschia & purple look okay... waitin gfor them to dry

ignore the stained papertowels. lol
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