So I had dye left in all three jars from my previous gradation trial and decided to do a little experimentation.
What would happen if I “watered down” each of the dye solutions with chem water? Would I get a progression of color getting lighter and lighter as the dye solution was watered down?
Using the simple chart (see below), I arranged 5 pint-size canning jars with 1 tsp salt in each and added the amount of leftover “Mustard Yellow” dye solution plus “chem water” (also leftover) into each jar and mixed thoroughly.
Then I set up 5 more jars and used the same chart but substituted the leftover “Bordeaux” dye solution for the Mustard Yellow, adding the salt and mixing thoroughly.
|Mustard Yellow||Chem Water|
|Jar #1||5 Tbsp||0|
|#2||4 T||1 T|
|#3||3 T||2 T|
|#4||2 T||3 T|
|#5||1 T||4 T|
I submerged 10 fat eighths into the soda ash solution (left over and saved as well), rung them out and put one in each of the 10 jars. Then, just as I did last week, I added the jar lids, turned the jars upside-down, and continued flipping the jars every 20 minutes for the next 2 hours–then let them cure overnight.
This is how the ProcionMX Dye “Mustard Yellow” & “Bordeaux” turned out:
There was a significant different between the first jar and the last–however the two or three darkest colors didn’t show as much of a change.
Next I’m going to see what will happen if I “water down” the Navy Blue leftover dye…I’d like to try to create some “sky fabric” for a project I’m working on (Fall scene of the Wisconsin Capitol here in Madison).