Questions tagged [dye]

For questions about using, storing, mixing or selecting a variety of dyes. Dyes may be used on a variety of objects, not just textiles. If the question is specifically about food coloring dye, use a food-coloring tag.

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How can I fully bleach a polyester shirt?

I have a shirt that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. I'd like to completely whiten this shirt. How can I accomplish this? Related: Fade color in fabric
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Dyeing hard polycarbonate plastic

I have a hard, polycarbonate globe, like this one pictured below. I am trying to make it look like an eyeball. I am lighting it from inside, and I already have a good blue iris that I made out of blue ...
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How can I stop dye from rubbing off burlap?

I recently acquired some burgundy burlap to use in re-upholstering some straight backed chairs. Problem is, the color comes off if you rub hard against it (like sitting down!). Any suggestions on how ...
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How can I properly dye rose petals?

I recently received an abundance of white roses that I really don't have any use for. I am looking to dye them black for a sporting event to match team colors. I realize with most projects that if ...
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Is Soda Ash used in Tie Dying septic safe?

If I use soda ash when tie-dying, is it safe to dump the liquid down into my septic system or will it kill off?
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Creating one-way mirror-like lenses

I want to make some kind of lenses. I want to dye (or buy) a piece of white glass or plastic (whatever works best). However, I still want to be able to see through it - I guess about 80% white and 20%...
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Why do artists use pigments instead of dyes in paintings?

Is there a reason why many famous paintings and artists use pigments instead of dyes as colorants? Some pigments are quite expensive and I am not sure why artists chose them over dyes, which are ...
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What's the difference between a pigment and a dye?

When it comes to art, I see both terms quite frequently, but nobody ever really stops to explain the difference. What, then, is the difference between a pigment and a dye? Is it source? Usage? Or ...
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Can I dye a pumpkin?

Is it possible to successfully dye a pumpkin? I want to spice up this year's jack-o-lanterns. Specifically, to have it have bright or bold colors? I ask because I'm not sure if the glossiness of the ...
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Why is my dyed plaster losing its color?

I'm working on some plaster carvings, following the steps in the answer I was given about making plaster. These blocks dried in their container for about 8 hours, then have been air drying for ...