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[You will need]
-1 item to dye
-1-2 boxes of RIT dye (more dye if you want a really dark color or you have a lot of material to cover)
-1 large kitchen pot
-1 large bowl or dye bath container (NOT your bathtub)
-lots of hot water
1. Fill bowl/tub with hot water and wet entire garment until saturated
2. Make pre-dye solution according to manufacturers instructions
3. Boil 2+ gallons of water in pot. When it comes to a boil, add dye solution from step 2. Turn to a low simmer before starting the dye process.
4. Set up a drying station nearby where you can hang the garment and place a tarp or trash bags underneath. This dye will stain your floors, shower, doors, fingers, you name it. I suggest putting garment on a hanger and use a long over-the-door hook with a floor covering right under the door.
Ok, hold on. This is where it goes quickly and gets a little messy.
1. Once completely wet, remove garment from water tub, loosen all creases or fold to avoid uneven dying, and slowly lower it into the pot of hot dye bath to the highest point you would like to be colored. Hold for about 30 seconds at that point.
2. Remove garment from the dye bath and run it through the rinse tub to smooth out the color transition a bit.
3. Smooth out all creases and folds, lower garment into dye bath again to a lower point and SLOWLY pull it out of the dye bath. The slower you pull it out, the better the color gradient will be. This can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes, depending on how dark you want it to be. (After a few times, you get the feel of the color, and will be able to make some color corrections in the job at this point.)
4. Once you are satisfied with the dye gradient and the garment is completely removed from the dye bath, smooth out all folds & creases, and hang it in your designated drying spot where it can drip dry.
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