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How do you dye Bucktails?


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#1 coinman66

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 10:17 PM

Tired of ruining bucktails trying to dye them. Ive tried washing the tail with bleach before dying, that didnt work. We put the tails in almost boiling water with kool aid and vinegar. Also tried powdered dye you get at Wal-mart with vinegar that didnt work. All we get is light pastel colors. I am looking for the deep dark colors like you buy from Janns, Cabela`s and etc. I have heard you can use Jacquard`s acid dye but i would like to know the method to use to get DARK colors. Please help.
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 02:44 AM

QUOTE (coinman66 @ Dec 20 2009, 10:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tired of ruining bucktails trying to dye them. Ive tried washing the tail with bleach before dying, that didnt work. We put the tails in almost boiling water with kool aid and vinegar. Also tried powdered dye you get at Wal-mart with vinegar that didnt work. All we get is light pastel colors. I am looking for the deep dark colors like you buy from Janns, Cabela`s and etc. I have heard you can use Jacquard`s acid dye but i would like to know the method to use to get DARK colors. Please help.
Thanks
Frank Harvey


Unfortunately dark colors are some of the most difficult colors to get. You may want to invest in the book by AK Best on Dying and Bleaching. I have had good success with Kool-aid in the microwave and using vinegar to fix the die. You might also check out ritt-dye which is available at most hobby/craft stores, it works well. The dark olive worked on bucktail for me.

#3 Horseshoes

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:02 AM

With all the dyes I use whether kool-aid( which is a dye) or cushings etc. To get darker colours depends on the amount of dye you put in. You can add more colour to your water.

Also you must leave the object in the water until desired colour or until water is clear. (meaning all dye has been absorbed) Do not boil your item, it will ruin it. Your item will always looks alot darker when wet, that should be kept in mind.

You can redye your item if you want to make it darker. Don't throw it away, unless you boiled the hair and ruined it. You can also over dye to get a different colour. If you use the colour chart it will tell you what colours to mix. example: Yellow + Red = Orange.


To ensure I don't ruin the hair (for it is easier to destroy) I use the double boiler method.

I use a large glass jar (for the chemicals in the dyes, you cannot use a pot you are going to use for food afterwards).

I put my jar into a large canning pot with the wire rack on the bottom to keep the jar from breaking.

Put enough water in the pot to come 1/3 to 1/2 way up the side of you jar.

After the water has neared boiling I turn down the temp just enough to maintain hotness and not boil.

I fill the jar with hot water(near boiling)with the vinegar and dye mixed in, into the large pot and onto the rack.

I keep the temp just enough to keep the water hot.

I make sure the tail is immersed evenly by pushing it under every once and awhile.

The time factor depends on the material being dyed and the intensity of the colour wanted. If the water is coming clear and the colour being darker because of being wet still is not dark enough. Then mix some dye separately in water and slowly pour into your pot while stirring. You want to premix so as not to get spots on your tail.

These are just a few hints. I hope they help you. If you have any more questions, just ask.
 
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#4 coinman66

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:40 PM

Anybody tried Jacquard`s acid dye?