Friday, August 13, 2010

Steps to Sundying with Setacolor from Dharma Trading

I am following the Sun Painting (with Setacolor) Instructions found at Dharma Trading.
  1. Cut out a cardboard frame bigger them the clothing item to stretch it on.
  2. Make sure the sleeves are cut longer then the actual clothing item.
  3. Fold the cardboard frame to fit inside of the clothing item.
  4. Stretch the shirt over the frame.
  5. Do this for all of your items you will be dying.
  6. Make a workspace in the sun.
  7. Cover your table with plastic to protect it.
  8. On double layer clothing only paint one layer at a time.
  9. Set up your workspace or table with everything you need.
  10. Measure out 1 part dye to 2 parts water.
  11. Measure out 2 parts water to 1 part dye.
  12. Add in the lightening agent if you want a lighter color.  (I did not notice much difference for using this)
  13. Stir it all together really well.
  14. Paint all of the clothing with water until they are all completely wet.
  15. Paint the color mixture onto your prepared clothing items.
  16. Press onto the cloth your sunblocks.  The sunblocks should be wet also to encourage them to stick to the cloth.  Everywhere you press a sunblock the cloth will end up lighter.  Paper will stick the best, better then natural leaves etc.
  17. Let the items dry in the sun for 15 min to 2 hours.
  18. Remove leaves and sunblocks to reveal the design you created. (it would seem the cardboard sucks up the dye on the edges and makes them lighter.  This will need to be fixed for future dying projects)

  19. Repeat to dye the back sides and any other undyed parts.
  20. Iron with an Iron on cotton setting for 5 mins.

    1 comment:

    1. Super Cute!
      What do you plan to do on th edge where the cardboard sucks up the dye? Maybe put some masking tape around the edges of the cardboard?
      I must say, the size of the hats is kinda scary.... baby heads should be very very very small..... just saying, as I patiently wait for my own labor :P