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Tie-DIY: Incline Ice Dye

by Oct 12 via Android

This guide will take you through how to make a tie-dye shirt using the incline ice method. This style makes many color gradients in the fabric and the final product usually comes out pretty stunning. This will take about 1.5 hours of working time and 8-24 hours total. Materials Needed: Grocery Store: Foil baking pan with lid Wire rack Trash bags or tarp for work area Zip ties Rubber bands 5 gallon bucket or similar for soda ash solution Ice Amazon: T-Shirt --I use Bella+Canvas 3001c, but any cotton shirt will work --If you are planning on buying in bulk, use Nitrile Gloves Breathing Mask Silicone baking molds ( or cardboard Dharma: Dyes Soda Ash Urea Bottles for dye Synthrapol detergent Random: Spoon Paper towels Firm straightedge (optional) Old coffee mugs or similar size objects Preparation: Familiarize yourself with how to dye with these dyes here: Soak the t-shirt in soda ash and prepare your dye. Spin the t-shirt out in the washing machine.

1. Lay the rung out shirt flat on a table.

2. Fold the bottom half up so that the shirt bottom is aligned with the collar.

3. Use a straightedge and lay out a line across the fabric. I put mine starting about 4 inches from the left side at about a 45 degree angle so the other end goes over the shoulder. I have a piece folded back in this photo so you can see where the other end is relative to the shoulder.

Make sure the fabric is flat and flush to the straightedge.

4. Fold over the straightedge.

5. Carefully pull the straightedge out and make sure the fabric is folded nicely on top of itself with little or no wrinkles. Any looseness in this stage will be hard to fix later.

6. Start on the left, fold the side over about 1.5" to make a perpendicular edge.

6. Place your index fingers or the straightedge under the shirt about 1.5" from the edge you just folded. Lift up and pull towards the shirt to make another fold accordion style. This one motion makes two folds at once and is easier than flipping the shirt over every time.

Ruler for reference: the edges should be perpendicular and the fold about 1.5" wide.

7. Repeat step 6 and fold over again.

Fold until the whole shirt is folded up.

Make sure to watch the main edge that is being folded to make sure it is even vertically. It should look something like this.

8. Arrange the silicon molds (or cardboard).

9. Turn the shirt sideways and sandwich it between the molds.

10. Grab two rubber bands and two zip ties, they will be holding the shirt together in the places shown.

Zip tie and rubber band the shirt between the molds. Make sure there is light pressure (about normal handshake pressure) on the entire length of the shirt. Make sure to place one of the rubber bands at the very end (bottom of the pic). This will hold the ice later.

11. Move the shirt to your rack and prepare your liquid and powder dyes. See Dharma's tie-dye instructions (linked above) for how to mix liquid dye.

12. Flip the shirt over.

12. Liquid dye the bottom with medium light dye saturation. I used deep space and lime pop as a backing for this shirt. Make sure to use complimentary colors with the ones you are planning on using for the front - just don't make brown and you'll usually be fine.

Liquid dyeing continued.

Liquid dyeing continued. I put the lime pop at the end to give it a distinct line running down the fold.

13. Flip the shirt back over and orient the main fold away from the side you will be tipping up.

14. Liquid dye the end that will be raised up. This is to prevent whitespotting the end because we are dyeing on an incline.

15. Using a teaspoon (don't use this again in cooking) lay down 1/4-1/2 tsp of dye on the end of the shirt in about a 1 inch band across.

Powder after being laid and spread.

16. Repeat step 15 with different colors until you have dye on the whole shirt. I find that about 1 inch bands work the best. Any smaller and they sort of blend together. The colors I used (from bottom to top) were: turquoise, lime pop, forest green, lime pop, the, royal blue, deep space cerulean blue, turquoise, lime pop, and forest green. The trick is to find complimentary colors that blend well but are easily differentiable.

17. Wedge ice in the front between the rubber bands. Make it as tall as you can while remembering that this is going to be inclined, so the cubes need to be solidly anchored by the rubber bands or they will fall off.

18. Repeat step 17 until there is ice along the whole shirt. Try to get the ice as uniform as possible, but it doesn't matter too much. Once again, make sure the ice is solidly in place so it doesn't slide when we incline the shirt.

19. Carefully incline the shirt. This was about a 20 degree incline. I would stay around that angle, too much and the ice will slide off.

20. Don't touch the ice and let it melt. Melty ice over dye is so oddly satisfying.

21. Wait 8-24 hours from putting down the ice. It should all melt and some powder may be left on top.

22. Move the rack to a sink and vigorously rinse the shirt from the top side while it is still tied up. Use as much water as possible, using not enough can make it bleed during the washout. Tilt it around under the stream until all dye powder is gone and water from the bottom side comes out clear, about 5-10 mins. 23. Start the washing machine with hot water. This will let it fill up by the time we are done rinsing. 24. Cut the zip ties and rubber bands and continue washing until water coming out of it runs clean. Repeatedly squeezing like a sponge helps. 25. Wash on hot with Dharma's synthrapol detergent. 26. Dry in the dryer or by hanging.

And this is the final result! Overall, this should take about an hour from start to finish folding. Well worth the time to get such colorful results. If you wish to support my work, you can here: Check out my other work on my profile as well. Let me know what you think! If you end up making one, make sure to tag me.


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