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June 16, 2009

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Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor

Love the techniques!

I wouldn't exactly call it bizarre and it is a form of plastic, but I use alcohol ink all the time to dye my polymer clay beads. It's a wonderful transparent way to put color onto all kinds of projects!

Tammy

I recently dyed some plastic buttons in the microwave for a project - http://tamdoll.blogspot.com/2009/04/use-what-you-have.html. But the worst thing I ever tried to dye was polyester ribbon. I laid out yards and yards of it in my garage and painted, sprayed and prayed. It was an ugly disaster, streaky and awful.

Katina

I've dyed small plastic pieces for jewelry and I've mostly used alcohol inks. Occasionally I'll use a permanent stamp pad.

The strangest thing I've changed the color of is about 200 feet of PVC pipe to match my fencing in the backyard!

bethany

The weirdest thing I've dyed is teeth, mouth and nails for a zombie halloween costume.

The mouth cleared up pretty quick but the cuticles looked off for at least a week.

Eileen

I think this qualifies a funky rather than bizarre, but I had an arrangement of some very subtle colored clay pots on a platter that I got tired of. So I painted them to match and coordinate with the upholstery. Stripes, polka dots and stars. Came out cute.

Suella

Some great ideas here. Thanks for everyone for sharing!

I've dyed some plastic buttons with indigo, and with potassium permanganate. The buttons started as a mottled turquoise blue and came out an interesting mottled darker blue and brown
respectively.

I'd certainly insert spare buttons into whatever I was dying at the time. However if they were precious I think I'd be fairly cautious. Although any miustakes might be overdyeable...

francie

i've never dyed plastic on purpose but i do tend to get a little wild and splash around. ;)

i have dyed used dryer sheets and paper towels to use on journal pages.

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