Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ice Dyed Bikini

I needed to darken this bikini because it goes transparent when wet and white and I obviously couldn't go to the beach in a transparent bikini(okay, I could, but why give them the satisfaction?! I just want to swim!). So, what to do?  I got it: Ice Dyeing is a totally awesome way to transform something completely, with the added bonus that you never know exactly what you're going to get. Here are some really beautiful outcomes for this totally accessible form of dyeing:  navy, and a couple different purples.  Color's up to you but as for process you couldn't get any easier...

First I tied it up so certain parts wouldn't take the dye.

Put it in a bucket.  Good luck down there.

Covered with ice, then squirted it directly with the dye powder.  If you are going to do this, I would recommend a respirator, I'm pretty sure inhaling the straight powder is pretty toxic.

I mixed Rit dye and Tulip One Step Dyes.
Notice the white halter didn't dye.  Not all fabrics are able to take home dyes.  Adds to the surprise of it all.

I really love the dark speckles here and there, didn't expect those.

Here is the top and bottom together.

Galaxy Dyed Romper

If there's one thing that screams "classy" in modern-day fashion, it's the cut-off jean. I'm pretty sure Marie Antoinette died in one of these, just to prove a point, and that high couture long followed her lead in producing their own versions of cut-offs and jumpers every season since. No? Okay, fact is, even the most style-savvy among us who managed to emerge from the early 90s intact probably modeled a rather embarrassing swath of denim at one point or another in their teens. Jean rompers aren't everyones "thing".  And I get it, this one is especially trashy.  But here's a simple way to update a classically dated 90s romper that so many of us have hiding out in the closet, in need of a serious makeover before showing their face in the sunlight again .  There are great tutorials on Galaxy Dying online.  Mine is a little different because I'm starting out with jean as a base.  I dyed it darker blue to add a little more depth then lightened it up with bleach.

The original Guess romper.

First dye blue with Rit Dye, Denim Blue. Squirt with bleach strategically, think galaxy.

Add Tulip Spray Dyes in pink, yellow, and whatever else strikes your fancy.

Glitter spray is an intergalactic touch.

Add Pentel Fabric Fun pastels bursts for the planets.

Rainbow Rug

Sometimes we get caught up in color. What matches with what, what should go where to accentuate this or that. But sometimes...sometimes we don't just need a matching color. Sometimes we need more than a little color as an accessory. Sometimes we need all the colors, just because. And in those times I say thank God for the rainbow, and for how easily and affordably this bright reminder can be integrated into anyone's household. The rainbow speaks to all of us, people, so if you haven't embraced it's the time! Don't just bring a little color into your life...bring them all!

Since I had all the colors of the rainbow with the awesome Tulip one-step dyes, I thought I would make a colorful rug for the entrance of my studio.  First, I started out with a plain white rug, then watch what happens!

The original rug from Ross- $25.00

Squirt yellow dye in the center and rub the dye into the fibers.

The pill is high so it took a little rubbing.

Add the next color keeping in mind the color wheel and how the colors will blend into the next.

Next blue.

Rub-a-dub dub

Add another blue.

Add purple next.

Dilute with water if the color isn't distributing.
Last but not least, red!
I was wearing gloves but they broke with all the rubbing.  I had purple hands for a few days.

This will be sopping wet and will need to run off somewhere.  I stuck it on a recycle bin and let the run off go to one side.

I cut half off so it looks more like a rainbow.  All I need now is a pot of gold!