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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:54

The fabric eventually dried out, it was blotchy with dark and light green on it. (I should of taken a picture of it, but I forgot too, will do the next time I do this).

I then rinsed the fabric out with cold tap water, and holding my breath watched some of the dye wash away down the plug hole. Not all of it though, some actually stayed on my fabric, it's a very light greenish yellow fabric now, that's a great achievement to me, it beats being white like it used to. My next plan will be to keep the fabric in the dye mix for longer and see what the outcome will be next time, hopefully it will be a darker green.

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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:53

I have taken the fabric out of the leaf dye mixture and I have it dangling over a ruler and dripping into a empty dog food can. I didn't want to risk hanging it out tonight as I didn't want it to get rained on. I still don't know if it has worked, but at the moment the fabric has turned green. We will see what it will look like tomorrow, as I am going to wait till it is dry, then I will have to run the fabric under the tap, to see if it either stays green or washes out and turns white again.

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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:51

The fabric was swilled of vinegar, making sure the clear water came out of the fabric. Next I have put the fabric in a pan again and added the leaf mixture, plus a little water and I simmered it for a tiny bit. I have now got the cooker off, and am leaving the fabric to sit in the leaf fabric. At the moment, I have no idea what the outcome of this little experiment will be, I'm hoping that it will work, if not, I will keep trying till, I get it right.

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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:50

I am now simmering a pan of 4 parts of water and one part of vinegar as a fixing solution.

In the pan I have a tiny cloth, not to big to start of with, and I'm waiting for a hour as it simmers.

The smell of vinegar is very strong at the moment. I haven't added the leaf mixture as of yet.

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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:49




This is a picture of my little work station as I would call it to make the dye, I was sat most of the time on the floor, and using a old coffee machine box, (not that we could use a coffee machine out in the wild) as my table, just in case dye got on the floor.





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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:47




Making Dye.

Pick up some leaves either from weeds or plants.  Ours were weeds of some kind that were growing to big.

Find a bowl, deep enough to use, I'm using a cerial bowl.

To bash the leaves to a pulp, I'm using a screwdrivers handle, which works for me.  Keep bashing the leaves till they become moist and rather mushy or soggy.  You need alot of patience to do it by hand like I am at the moment, but whilst I am doing it this way, I'm thinking of easier ways to do it.

Now that my leaves are all mushed up and rather soggy, time to put on my plastic glove as this will be rather messy.  Squeeze the leaves tightly until liquid comes out.  It will take some squeezing and you will also notice that not alot of the juice comes out of the leaves.  When it does, it will be a dark green liquid, which still smells of leaves.  More of a damp smell added to it now. 

With a lot of squeezing, I have finally managed to get the amount of liquid up to half of jar of my small jar.  Now to see if this works, I will be back to let you know the result.





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Post by wannabemountainman on Mon 13 Jul 2009, 18:44

What we use, and what colour they turn out to be. Do they in fact work? We'll see!

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