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Dyeing elastic
how to dye elastic without compromising the quality
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Date: 8/8/14 9:29 PM

So I have bright yellow elastic on my mind. Canary yellow is what I'm calling it. I must have it! Problem is, I can't find any that are the color I want. Most are black and white with some variations of pink and purple. The elastic would be for a bra, a bottom band and neckline elastic. I've dyed elastic before, but what happened was the heat from the dye bath ruined the quality of the elastic and it was almost no good to use. Does anyone have any tips, methods, suggestions or resources for safely dyeing elastic? Also to note, but it's obvious, but the dye would have to be for manmade fibers, not natural.

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Date: 8/9/14 2:00 AM

Many costumers use magic markers. Always to a test first. Kool Aid might work too.
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Date: 8/9/14 8:08 AM

Kook aid works on nylon pretty well. Put it in a simmering pot and stir stir stir, until the water becomes more clear than colored.

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Date: 8/9/14 8:44 AM

I have gotten excellent results with acid dyes. These are mainly for wool and silk, but because nylon was developed to replace silk, the dye works well on that ,too. The nylon takes the dye really quickly, so very little cooking needed. I get mine from Dharma Trading.
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Date: 8/9/14 11:56 AM

I found this website tutorial about dying elastic :
http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-dyeing-elastic.html

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Date: 8/9/14 8:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestions!

Brenda and Dawn: Kool Aid? Have you ever tried it on nylon. If so, then what were your experiences?

Juliette: I've read great things about acid dyes working well on nylon. Amy from the blog Cloth Habit dyed elastic a lemony yellow color and it looked fantastic. When I emailed Dharma asking them what dye would be best for nylon elastic, they suggested IDYE, which is an all purpose dye (contains acid dyes but also other types of dyes). Not sure why they would suggest that?

Vivian: I saw that tutorial as well! It's where I initially go the idea of yellow elastic. Isn't that color awesome?
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Date: 8/10/14 5:35 AM

I've had success dyeing fold-over elastic using Liquid Radiance fabric paints. They are just painted on so don't affect the elastic qualities at all. But I don't know if they're available in the USA.

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Date: 8/10/14 1:02 PM

Adding a group tag so I can find this great information later.

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Date: 8/10/14 4:58 PM

Quote: Tarrbaby
Kook aid works on nylon pretty well. Put it in a simmering pot and stir stir stir, until the water becomes more clear than colored.

I dyed a wool sweater in the back yard with Kool aid and water from the garden hose, I didn't want the sweater to felt, so I used cold water. It came out perfect. To get a deep color you'll need to use several packages. I buy it at WalMart and Grocery Outlet.

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Date: 8/11/14 9:09 PM

Diane - super interesting! How long did you leave the sweater in the dye bath?

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