Post by carole aka craftywoman on May 22, 2015 6:25:57 GMT
I've dyed then along with silk carrier rods, and when they are wet you can open up the layers - the effect is really interesting the colours merge and shine, then I've used them to embellish pods and recently a bag.
Here are a few pics of how the colours looked after dyeing:
Post by carole aka craftywoman on May 22, 2015 17:02:26 GMT
Halay I think I am too impatient and clumsy to do that, but I do use predyed ones I buy.
Judy I used a dyeing process someone on this forum generously shared, it involved vinegar so it may have been a chemical dye - not sure I bought the dyes in Bulgaria and couldn't read the packet, they were powder - but I hardly used any dye at all, just laid the rods still wet on cling film after the water and vinegar soak, then dripped colours onto them, rolled up the cling film and steamed the packets, they didn't fall apart I had to pull them apart - it was like opening up christmas presents I didn't know what I was going to find inside. From my brief description maybe someone will know exactly what my process was and the dye I used.
But the other day I made silk paper using silk cocoon strippings, I put some strange rubber shapes on the back, used textile medium and acrylic paint for colours - made the paper then with my magical new embellishing machine I added pre dyed locks.I haven't a clue what it's going to be, maybe it'll just be what it is:-)