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Important Notes


By simply sprinkling powdered dye on ice on top of fabric, you can create beautiful organic water color effects that are so unique.

This technique must be done with Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye. Accordingly, it can only be applied to natural fabrics (such as cotton, linen, wool, silk and ramie) and also rayon and nylon.

  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the garment. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Pre-wash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Gather supplies.
  3. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  4. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
  5. Wet fabric and completely crumple into a small, flat ball.
  6. Place crumpled fabric on top of drying rack, over the plastic tub (to catch dripping dye).
  7. Cover fabric completely with ice. Different ice sizes will yield different patterns.
  8. Open dye packages. Use spoon to sprinkle dye on the ice.
    1. More powder will yield darker results.
    2. For more white space, sprinkle dye on as you might sprinkle salt on food. Use very little dye. You will probably think you aren’t using enough, but you are.
    3. Adding color in sections will yield more of an ombre effect.
  9. Let the ice melt completely through the fabric.
  10. Once melted, we strongly recommend transferring the dyed fabric to a container with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into the white areas. Follow these instructions.

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