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How To Tie Dye Lesson One:
Learn How To Tie Dye this Rastaman Spiral on Black Tie Dye T-Shirt!
Learn How To Tie Dye a Rastaman on Black Tie Dye T-Shirt


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Learn How To Tie Dye this Camouflage Peace Sign Tie Dye T-Shirt!
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Lesson One :: Rastaman on Black Tie Dye T-Shirt




How To Tie Dye: Tieing Instructions

1) Put 100% cotton t-shirt in the washing machine and wash regularly.
2) Lay wet t-shirt flat on a table.
Lay wet t-shirt flat on a table.

3) Grasp the middle of the t-shirt and twist into a spiral.
Grasp the middle of the t-shirt and twist into a spiral.
Grasp the middle of the t-shirt and twist into a spiral.

Grasp the middle of the t-shirt and twist into a spiral.

4) Tie with three pices of artifical sinew or rubber bands.
Tie with three rubber bands.
Tie with three rubber bands.

How To Tie Dye: Dipping Instructions

5) Dip t-shirt into a bucket of water that has half a cup of soda ash solution mixed in for every gallon of water.
6) Set shirt on a shelf to dry for a few days before it is dyed.
Set shirt on a shelf to dry for a few days before it is dyed.


How To Tie Dye: Dying Instructions

7) Mix up red, yellow, green and black Procion Dyes with water into squirt bottles.
For red use 1/2 fuchsia and 1/2 scarlet.
For yellow use 1/2 golden yellow and 1/2 lemon yellow.
For green use avocado and for black use jet black.

Mix up some differant colors of Procion Dye with water into squirt bottles.

7A) Take cap off squirt bottle and insert funel.
Take cap off squirt bottle and insert funel.

7B) Add one tablespoon of dye for every 16 oz of water.
Add one tablespoon of dye for every 16 oz of water.

7C) Fill bottle with water about half way.
Fill bottle with water about half way.

7D) Shake and swirl bottle to mix dye powder into the water.
Shake and swirl bottle to mix dye powder into the water.

7E) Finish filling bottle and put cap on.
Finish filling bottle and put cap on.

7F) Shake vigorously to mix dye, when there are no dry dye particles floating dye is ready to be used.
Shake vigorously to mix dye, when there are no dry dye particles floating dye is ready to be used.


8) Set dry dipped tied t-shirt onto a rack inside a plastic container.
Set dry dipped tied t-shirt onto a rack inside a plastic container.

9) Hold t-shirt on it's side and apply Black to the entire bottom of the t-shirt.
Hold t-shirt on it's side and apply Black to the entire bottom of the t-shirt.
Hold t-shirt on it's side and apply Black to the entire bottom of the t-shirt.
Hold t-shirt on it's side and apply Black to the entire bottom of the t-shirt.

10) Apply red to a pie shape wedge that covers one third of the t-shirt.
Apply red to a pie shape wedge that covers one third of the t-shirt.
Apply red to a pie shape wedge that covers one third of the t-shirt.

11) Apply yellow next in the same way.
Apply yellow next in the same way.
Apply yellow next in the same way.

12) Apply green to the remaining third of the t-shirt.
Apply green to the remaining third of the t-shirt.
Apply green to the remaining third of the t-shirt.

13) Leave t-shirt to sit for twelve to eighteen hours.
Leave t-shirt to sit for twelve to eighteen hours.

How To Tie Dye: Washing Out Instructions

14) Fill washing machine with super hot water and add one half a cup of synthrapol or similar super strength laundry detergent. (Anywhere from one to about fifteen t-shirts can be washed in one load at a time.)
Fill washing machine with super hot water and add one half a cup of synthrapol or similar super strength laundry detergent.  (Anywhere from one to about fifteen t-shirts can be washed in one load at a time.)

15) Cut the rubber bands off of the t-shirt.
Cut the rubber bands off of the t-shirt.

16) Place t-shirt in the washing machine making sure to fully submerge the entire shirt under the water.
Place t-shirt in the washing machine making sure to fully submerge the entire shirt under the water.

17) Once the washing machine has finished, add another half cup of synthrapol and run the washing machine for a second time.
Once the washing machine has finished, add another half cup of synthrapol and run the washing machine for a second time.

18) Place the tie dye t-shirt in the dryer and dry.

19) Take the tie dye t-shirt out and the Rastaman on Black Spiral Tie Dye T-Shirt is finished!
Take the tie dye t-shirt out and the Rastaman on Black Spiral Tie Dye T-Shirt is finished!
Erik in the Rastaman on Black Spiral Tie Dye T-Shirt is finished!





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