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The Guilty Crafter's Dye-I-Y studio

By Angela Daniels

August 26, 2016

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Project Description

BIG disclaimer for this project- this was totally an experiment. Swedish clogs can be pretty pricey and I would NEVER attempt a dye project with brand new, expensive shoes. I was willing to take a chance on these because I got these clogs used on Ebay for a good price. They were like new but they were VERY bright white which is not really my style. I thought they might be a good candidate for ice dyeing and I am very happy with the end results. I could have wrapped the shoes better because I did get some dye on the wood soles (which I was trying to avoid) but I actually don't mind but this is totally a matter of taste.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About a weekend

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  •   20 lbs of ice

  •    a cookie cooling rack

  •    a cookie sheet

  •   glue

  •   plastic wrap

Step By Step

  1. My Hasbeens swedish clogs as they arrived. Cute. I even wore them once but I am just not a pure white shoes kind of person. Again- I bought these specifically to dye as an EXPERIMENT. Rit dyes are recommended for fabric dyeing- not leather so I had to be comfortable with potentially ruining these shoes or not loving the outcome.

  2. The first thing I did was use Elmer's blue gel glue to create a barrier on the wood soles of the clogs. I wanted to avoid accidentally dyeing the wood soles if at all possible. Wood picks up Rit dye very easily so I knew that was a strong possibility.

  3. For extra insurance, I wrapped the soles the best I could with plastic wrap. Again, I knew it was going to be nearly impossible to protect the wood soles because of how I planned to dye them- these shoes sat in ice and dye overnight so lots of potential for the dye to seep in under the plastic wrap.

  4. I placed my wrapped shoes on a cookie cooling rack over an old cookie sheet (to catch the dye as it melted down). I did this out on my grass on a warm evening.

  5. Because my shoes were not flat (like fabric would be), I ended up using a full 20 lbs of ice. Really. I bought the giant bag at the grocery store. It was the best way to get full and totally coverage of the shoes. I piled up the ice until the shoes were totally hidden.

  6. Once I piled the ice high enough, I sprinkled Rit powdered dye in Royal Blue and Teal over the ice and shoes. I used 1 full box of each.

  7. In the morning, the ice had totally melted away and I could see how my shoes were going to look. I left them just like this for one more day to get more color coverage.

  8. My last step was to thoroughly rinse my shoes. As you can see, I was not totally successful in keeping the dye off the wood soles. I am not sure if I am just being optimistic but I actually think it's kind of pretty and I have happily been wearing my custom dyed shoes happily and I've been complimented on them a few times.

  9. And the top. Notice one of the straps was a little more resistant to the dye. Not sure why but I am guessing there just happened to be more leather conditioner on that particular strap during manufacturing? Again, the key to creative dyeing is to be open to surprises. Pro-tip: I'll be using a leather sealer type project to protect the color on these shoes and I am anticipating that some of the color may rub off on my feet inside the shoes for a little bit. No big deal to me but it is something to think about if you're considering refreshing leather sandals.

  10. And done!

  • http://www.theritstudio.com Dianne Giancola

    Love the colors – Ice dyeing is so easy!




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