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Thread: Need info on making Batiks

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    Senior Member kclausing's Avatar
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    I have researched making batiks and there are several ways to do this, as described on the internet. Some are very complex with numerous components and chemicals.

    I am looking for a simple way to make some bright colored fabrics from white bed sheets. Nothing too fancy, nothing for resale, just so I can make some pretty quilts for some local young girls.

    Anyone tried this in the past and have a easy way to do this, without the expense into numerous components? I have a lot of jar candles (we warm them vs burning them), so I was hoping I could use this wax. I have also read that water soluble acrylic paint also works if it's left on the fabric long enough.

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    My friend does tye-dies all the time and then quilts. Looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kclausing
    I have researched making batiks and there are several ways to do this, as described on the internet. Some are very complex with numerous components and chemicals.

    I am looking for a simple way to make some bright colored fabrics from white bed sheets. Nothing too fancy, nothing for resale, just so I can make some pretty quilts for some local young girls.

    Anyone tried this in the past and have a easy way to do this, without the expense into numerous components? I have a lot

    of jar candles (we warm them vs burning them), so I was hoping I could use this wax. I have also read that water soluble acrylic paint also works if it's left on the fabric long enough.
    I too am interested in doing this, I tried finding information, so will be watching this thread closely.

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    Paula Burch has some great information about batiking on her website. http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/howtobatik.shtml
    There are many dyeing techniques that are less complicated than batik, however, and you may want to check some of them out, too, on the same site.

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    Would you be able to get candle wax completely out of the fabric? Would the colors in them stain the fabric? Just wondering....

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    When I was in high school we made batiks using paraffin wax. I don't remember what kind of dyes we used but they were cold water dyes so as not to melt the wax prematurely.

    I don't think jar candle wax would work because scented oils and dyes are added to them.

    I would stick with parrafin wax or bees wax.

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    if you use wax as the resist you have to boil to remove, (it aint easy) or use chemichals, you should stick to just hand dyeing, Dharma Trading has lots of colors, it's not RIT and you don't use ot water. it is messy though

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    My kids and I used bleach one time to tie dye some dark colored t-shirts. It was interesting because you never know what the predominant color is going to be that shows up in the bleached area... A friend and I did some batiks a long time ago, and I am sure we used Rit dye as it was all that was available. We just painted on wax onto fabric, then dyed it(we were doing t-shirts).

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