Minion needed to be pink. I bought two boxes of RIT Petal Pink for this project.
Time needed: 1-3 hours
(Depends on your water to dye ratio, the size of your pot and amount of pieces you're going to fit in there, and how vibrant you want your color.)
Okay, so see this post here for materials and stuff. I tried to take much better pics this time.
- This is pretty much permanent. I don't recommend this unless you're a fairly seasoned modder or have an easily replaceable doll just in case something goes wrong.
- Someone asked me why their dye turned their doll a bizarre gray color- I don't have an answer for that, but I do think it either had to do with the metal in their pot or that the dye was old.
- Some areas aren't going to take the dye evenly, and some will end up darker and lighter than others. How noticeable this is depends on how saturated your color is. You can usually hide this via blushing, but I think it adds character.
- Wear and tear is going to happen, and the dye, just like paint, will wear away over time. You'll have to do touch ups on occasion if this bothers you.
You are also going to see some stuff that looks like little blobs, streaks, or even flakes of dye. Rinse the part, then take a paper towel and gently blend and rub until these marks go away. Usually they will, but occassioanlly you'll get a line or dot that won't go away. You just have to work with that.
Okay, moving on!
Some stuff you might need:
|This is our dining table. It has become our project table.|
Got all that? Now take your doll apart. Pay attention to how he's put together. Not sure how to restring? Check out the restringing tutorials on this blog. There will be a tutorial for how to put Ashes back together next week. The restringing page isn't always up to date, so be sure to check for recent posts or use the search option. :)
Prepare your workspace. I lay down newspaper on the floor below where I'll be drying big pieces and all over the countertops. Dye will stain your counters. If you get it on something, wipe it off as quick as you can to avoid staining.
Grim: Here ya go! Let's dunk him.
Amaranth (me): Nope not yet. First we need to test it.
Rinse your test piece...
Now for the big pieces. These took much longer, about 30 minutes or more. They stayed lighter than the smaller pieces, and for some reason the edges of his tummy did not take much color. I think this is because of sanding or mold release.
Keep your threads away from the burner or they'll catch fire. Don't ask me how I know. I just do. Though I didn't need to for this doll, you will use those threads to hang the pieces up to dry, on something like a hanger.