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RE: [teacherartexchange] tie-dye


Date: Thu Sep 28 2006 - 10:59:11 PDT

I did tie-dye with a 4-h group using the Rainbow Rock dye kits from
Wal-Mart. It still used the soda ash, what I did was at the beginning,
had everyone throw their garments into a bucket. Then I had heavy-duty
cleaning gloves for them to pull the clothes out, wring them out, then
they put them into gallon Ziploc bags. For dyeing, they all wore gloves,
so didn't have to worry about the soda ash solution touching their skin
anyway. The kit I used came with dropper bottles too, that helped keep
"oops" contact with the dye. They took the shirts home in the gallon
Ziploc bags, since we didn't have time to let them dry. (The dye kit
recommended leaving the dye for 6 hours to be the most vivid.) I
recommended leaving them overnight before washing them. The bags to keep
everything in, and the heavy gloves, made it a pretty painless process.

Laura Drietz
Art Teacher
Brookings Middle School

-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Womack []
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 1:16 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] tie-dye

Hello teachers,
I was planning to put up a lesson plan for a tie-dye party on my web
site, since I just had one for my church group. However, I wanted to
know, how do you deal with the problem of the toxicity of the soda ash
solution that you have to soak the T-shirts in? I stood at the soda ash
tub and people handed me their tied-up T-shirts and then I pushed them
into the solution and later took them out and wrung them out and handed
them back to the person to dye.
However it meant that I could not really do much of anything else during
the event, because I was so busy guarding the soda ash. How do you
solve this, or do you use something else besides Procion dyes? Thanks
for your advice on this.
Jean Womack

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