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Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:48 pm
by ScottP
Here's all you need:

3 glass dishes
water
vinegar
dishwashing soap
Kool Aid (2 packs unsweetened)
feathers/fur/whatever natural substrate you want (I did some grizzly hen and cock saddles so you can see how they come out a little differently; webbier feathers take the dye a bit easier)

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dish #1 (for degreasing) hot water and a few drops of soap; let the feathers soak for about 5 minutes

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dish #2 (rinse bath) water, vinegar (couple tablespoons) and a few drops of soap; let the feathers soak for about 5 minutes

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dish #3 (dye bath) water, vinegar (couple tablespoons), a few drops of soap and 2 packs of Kool Aid

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add feathers and place in the microwave for 2 minutes

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ding

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pull a feather out, rinse and check for color intensity (wet feathers will appear darker); if it's not what you're looking for, back in the microwave for another 2 minutes

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when done, blot dry on paper towel; then finish with a hair drier (if you have a bunch of feathers or if they're little and hard to hold, put them in a nylon stocking and stick the hair drier inside); hen saddle is on the left, cock on the right

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used the hen on this Swanson's Bitchin' Bugger

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I strongly suggest you do this when your spouse is not around; you will never convince them that you'll be careful and won't make a mess.


Regards,
Scott

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:55 pm
by DUBBN
If I wasn't fishing this weekend I would be trying this. Thanks Scott

Re: Kool-Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:29 pm
by swellcat
That's a fun project.

I've been messing around with a few other colour sources such as grasses, herbs, onion skins, Osage orange sawdust, turmeric, and for the much-desired purple, gentian violet . . . (though the grape powder would likely get us there, too).

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:47 pm
by letumgo
I love this kind of post. One part mad scientist, one part discovery, with the risk of making a mess = pure fun.

I don't wanna grow up.

Thanks in advance, for getting me in trouble with my wife. :twisted: :D

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:01 pm
by Smuggler
This is a brilliant sbs.

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:39 pm
by swellcat
Your food is ready,
said the microwave to the fish.

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:24 am
by chase creek
"I strongly suggest you do this when your spouse is not around; you will never convince them that you'll be careful and won't make a mess."
Obviously a married man; wise advice.
I experiment a lot with homemade ultra-light alcohol stoves in the kitchen when the wife goes shopping. Would make her very nervous. :shock:

I think that's the first SBS I've seen on this subject. Well done, and thank you. :D

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:55 am
by Roadkill
letumgo wrote:I love this kind of post. One part mad scientist, one part discovery, with the risk of making a mess = pure fun.

I don't wanna grow up.

Thanks in advance, for getting me in trouble with my wife. :twisted: :D

:D :D :D If you really want to go Mad Scientist I recommend A. K. Best's DYEING and BLEACHING Natural Fly-Tying Materials. ;)

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:18 pm
by cassady
Outstanding SBS. Many thanks.

Re: Kool Aid Dyeing SBS

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:39 pm
by letumgo