Sunday, October 7, 2012

What happened when I tried

 These are what I wanted to use but I was afraid that the plunge from boiling water to ice water would shatter my glass eggs and rocks.
 So I opted for plastic buttons most well over 50 years old.
 This was the fabric I choose hoping it WAS polyester. I couldn't think of anything else it could be. This was organza from Joanns. Joann has tons of polyester. I even got satin polyester for the transperse dyeing.

 wrapped buttons and I thought why not wrap the excess too.


This is in the pot of boiling water but again I was afraid the fabric floating on top wouldn't get hot enough so I popped the steamer on top to hold the fabric under water.



Ice water
 one side  -  swish then
the other side. Left it in the ice water an hour (because I was working on two projects at once.
 draining on a towel.
 unwrapped
 close-up
All in all I love the result. Thanks Nienke for an excellent challenge.

6 comments:

  1. Ooh! I like it! Looks like jellyfish! Too bad I don't think I have a single polyester scarf in my collection... donated them to the local thrift shop last year!

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  2. This is beautiful! I went to my thrift shop looking for poly scarves and didn't find a one (wrong season), but I did score a nice silk one.

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  3. I LOVE the results of this technique. I can't wait to try it but am out of town for now. I'm curious how the buttons held up in the boiling water. Were any of them plastic?

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  4. They were all plastic and old. One button was something else and really old and kind of yucked up and stained the organza. One button I realized was an old tortoise shell button and didn't use it thankfully. It was great fun. I know I have a big bag of marbles but I can't find the. Oh well. I brilliant technique. Thank you Nienke!!

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  5. It is great!!! I love the subtle colourchange, and the nice 3D effect! If you can´t find poly scarves, think of net curtains? Actually, almost every synthetic sheer fabric I can think of is polyester. And if it not, still try it, it will quite definitely deform as long as it is a synthetic fibre and therefore vulnerable for heating.

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