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Post by SmileyBee Faces on Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:31 pm

can I also use the liqued rit dye? I bought that one.
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Post by Denise Cold on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:00 am

Probably...just use the stove top method with vinegar set.
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by TinafromNY on Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:29 am

Is it possible to want to be in love with sponges, lol? Lot of work, but well worth it! This all from 2 pks. of RIT dye, 2 cups of vinegar all simmering in the size pot in picture. Simmered 45 minutes. Rinsed in pot until it ran clear (I squeezed them all while rinsing too). Then washed with a little detergent rinsed and air dried. Love you Denise!!!! Thanks for this idea!


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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Creabella on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:52 pm

I love them too, so I am gonna give it a try too. Good idea to keep some behind for the white and/or light colors!
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Stacia on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:57 pm

Oh man...I think I might have to do this. I've been trying to avoid it...but they look so pretty and my black towels are starting to fade to grey, so I might as well do them all together Smile. Thanks Denise!
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Post by TinafromNY on Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:12 pm

Creabella...I haven't used my sponges yet cause they're still drying, but other people, who dyed their sponges, said that it didn't affect the white paint when they used them.
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:41 pm

So... when you wash your used sponges after a gig, I assume you use soap to clean them properly. Is the dye holding up to proper cleaning and sanitization?

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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by martha on Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:01 pm

I went to the "dark side" Shannon just cause I liked the look of the black sponges and had some dye already. So far they have stood up to being washed with the Purity soap without any dye coming out. They have been through the washer and dryer without me noticing anything there either. I used the salt and vinegar bit to set the dye. Only time will tell but right now they are PRETTY!
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Post by Coral3 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:35 pm

Well, I'm just about to place an order with TAG to start replacing all of my newly dyed sponges. *sigh* The worst part is that I passed over rit dye for a more expensive brand because I thought that being made specifically for synthetics it would be better. Crying or Very sad As much as I love the look of them black, if they compromise the end result, they're not worth it for me. Personally I'm SO over the whole thing, and am not prepared to keep wasting time trying to fix them. Lesson learned. Am glad it's worked out well for everybody else though.
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by MelindaT0813 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:01 am

Tried it and failed.
Blarg. I used the black dye from tulip.
I followed the inscructions on the back of the packet and...
::drumroll::

complete fail, ALL the color rinsed right out. It had 0 effect on the sponges.

When my new sponges come in I am going to give it a try with rit.
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by martha on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:08 am

Melinda, why don't you just do the ones you have?
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by MelindaT0813 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:36 am

Oh I am still using them for the time being, they are just old so I had to order new ones (nothing to do with dyeing, just regular wear and tear). I wanted to dye the old ones first in case it totally screwed up $30 of brandnew sponges
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by TinafromNY on Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:54 pm

Just used a few for the first time today. Dye didn't transfer to paints and when I washed them, they looked as black as ever afterwards and I didn't see any black coming out. I boiled mine for 45 minutes, with the vinegar in the dye bath to set them. Time will tell if they fade, but so far, so good!
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Post by TinafromNY on Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:55 pm

PS - I used the RIT dye
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Valerie A on Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:36 pm

Thanks for the update, Tina!
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Denise Cold on Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:00 pm

Good, I'm glad it worked!
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Creabella on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:00 pm

Today I did try to dye my sponges too, (not all of them) but it didn't work! Rolling Eyes
They became a bit darker, but not black... I had a few clothes, that had become greyish to get those black again, washed along with the sponges too, but just ONE peace of clothing has become real black Crying or Very sad
What a pity!!! scratch Anyone has experience with the (Dutch?) brand Dylon? I followed the instructions of the Dylon....

With my red sponges, I don't see any difference at all. the salmon coloured sponges turned a bit darker (the round sponges are the original color)


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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by mamakatrien on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:20 pm

Hi creabella,
I used the dylon too...put it on the stove first and noticed that it needed adding loads of salt I had them in a 4 liter pot, added all the dye and over 500g of salt.
because the paint kept flushing out everytime i took one out to check, after two hours of simmering I transferred everything to the washing machine, poured everything in, added more salt and ran it through two cycles.

the dylon stained the rubber in de washer ( still is blotchy black) but most of the sponges turned a charcoal colour, not pitch black. the green wwf sponges took the colour best.

I would use the rit dye if i have more to do in the future, i found out you can buy it on ebay.
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Creabella on Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:57 pm

Oh, okay, I didn't put it on the stove...., that wasn't what the intructions said and didn't use salt either.... I'll give it another try...
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Rebons on Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:42 pm

I did mine with rit dye, stovetop with vinegar. I LOVE them! My family is getting worried because I keep taking them out to gaze at their lovely blackness.
Me: "Aren't my sponges so sexy now?"
My 13 yr old daughter: "Mom, you're weird."


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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Facepainting by Tina on Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:34 pm

lol@ sexy sponges...I want sexy sponges too!!
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by ashovoxo on Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:32 pm

lol i need more sponges in order to start my sexiness Sad I buy a pack of 10 every time the forum shop has a sale lmao
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by Sandie on Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:29 pm

Rebons wrote:I did mine with rit dye, stovetop with vinegar. I LOVE them! My family is getting worried because I keep taking them out to gaze at their lovely blackness.
Me: "Aren't my sponges so sexy now?"
My 13 yr old daughter: "Mom, you're weird."

LOL Love it!! My kids think I'm weird also....and they are grown!! lol!
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by SmileyBee Faces on Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:21 pm

I got my rit dye (liqued) and my sponges ready. Going to dye my first batch tonight. Will post pictures when done.

But one question on the liqued bottle it doesnt mention anything about vinegar. should I add it during the dying process or after?
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Re: Dyeing Sponges Black

Post by eva on Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:35 pm

I have used a couple different dyes for tie dying. Every year at kids camp I dye with 200 kids In a day. Dylon was really bad and Tulip packets for dying are worthless, but the ones with bottles that marketed for Tie dye in kits is wonderful. Rit dye is the best. I have noticed in previous dying attempts, that when the water is super hot and dye is freshly mixed in, they will be darkest. The longer the dye sets in water the lighter it turns out, which may be why only te first batches are coming out black. I can't wait to dye my sponges.
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