April 5, 2012
You want light jeans so the color shows up better.
Now, on to the dying - I used liquid Rit dye, in "tangerine". I wanted a vivid color so I used the whole bottle. I got it at Michael's with my 40% off coupon.
---PREwet everything! That will help the dye distribute evening. So I got the jeans and the shirt completely saturated - no dry spots at all - you can see they're wet in the above picture.
---Use HOT water. I think this helps lock in the color.
---You can use a bucket, or your washing machine - I just plugged up my kitchen sink and used that. I filled it with enough water to comfortably cover everything I was dying.
---While you've got a sink full of dye, consider anything else you might want to chuck in - I always feel like I'm wasting good dye when I'm done, so use it to it's full potential - that's why I threw in the tshirt.
---Read the directions - you're supposed to add salt. I just poured some in, guestimating instead of precise measuring.
---When you add your clothes, they'll get air bubbles in them and want to float to the top. You don't want that - everything needs to be submerged, so push them down and push out the air bubbles.
--And voila - perfectly dyed!! No splotches or anything - I was super pleased!
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