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Dye for deer/elk hair.
Posted 01 July 2005 - 12:43 PM
Posted 01 July 2005 - 01:34 PM
Personally I use Rit dye that you can buy from most craft stores, it's cheap and they have several colors to choose from. If they don't have the exact colors your looking for you can mix the dyes. for example if you mix the Kelley Green and Brown colors you will come out with a nice Olive.
The process is simple. I take an old cooking pot and fill it with enough water so that whatever you are dyeing can be fully submerged and then I will add my dye. Keep in mind the more dye that is added to the water the darker the colors will come out. I read to always add a cap full of vinegar to the bath so I do that as well.
Then put the pot on your kitchen stove and turn it on low(you don't want the water to boil). Now depending on how dark of a color you want would depend on how long to leave it on the stove. Sometime it can take a very long time to get a dark color so don't be afraid to leave it on there a few hours if necessary.
Once your happy with your color rinse it out completely and then I will tack the skin onto a piece of plywood, if this is not done it will curl up while drying.
You could always use a dye like VENIARDS, it's more expensive but they have more fly tying friendly colors and I'm sure it is much better.
Posted 01 July 2005 - 02:43 PM
I hope this improves your successes!
Posted 02 July 2005 - 09:44 AM
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Posted 16 July 2005 - 12:05 PM