Hello all im new to the site,i need your help,your all talking about dyes KoolAid Rite and otheres none of these i can get in South Africa,can any one give me a supplier,or maybe even purchase and post to me and i will pay all costs,also can synthetics be dyed?thanks so much GU GU
Hi GuGu, have you tried any of the SA suppliers? I always found the ladies at Honeydew Bears in Jo'burg, http://www.honeydewbears.co.za/ very helpful when I lived there, but there's also Fred-i-bear (Lynette is a member here) http://www.fred-i-bear.co.za/site/ and Lou Bear http://www.loubear.com/ One of them may be able to give you some guidance on local dye options, even if they don't necessarily sell the dyes themselves
Hi there even if i dont come right with dying process its so nice to talk teddy talk with overseas ladies Thanks ive hunted my stores theres nothing like kool Aid here,I believe Dylon is simular to Rit so ill give it a bash,if im lucky enough to abbel to attened the shows next year where ever they mean ill take extra suitcase for all the goodies i need to buy for my teddies Thanks again from sunny Durban
theres nothing like kool Aid here,I believe Dylon is simular to Rit
I think that in many places, the artificial colors and flavors in Kool-Aid are not even legal! (In the US, many of us grew up drinking the stuff.) I've also noticed that where I shop, at least, the range of Kool-Aid flavors in the US has really diminished.
And from what I've read, Dylon might be a better choice than Rit because it's more permanent ("fiber reactive"). Rit is an acid dye, which might be fine with bears since we're usually not washing them, but it's not as permanent.
As Becky said, Kool Aid is not readily avaliable cetainly in Europe as there is all kinds of legislation about additives and colourings - I am pretty sure it's not legal- In the uk, most products especially childrens ones, are 'no artificial colours or flavourings' and the only powdered drinks you get here are milkshake.
I am lucky in that a work colleague has parents in the Bahamas who come over here regularly who are happy to act as Kool-Aid carriers for me - the import price over here is ridiculous. I paid £1.35 for one sachet from my local import sweet supplier!!!
Please let us know how the Dylon works out - it is easily avaliable in the uk.
T o Lanie and Jaina
I will let you both know how it works sorry to have to send message to you both Im a stupid old women and not used to working on this sit yet therefor not sure how to answer each person personally as i see most of the ladies oh boy ill keep tryin ill get it right both the dying and the web reply love your teddies i do GU GU
I've been taking a look at dying material for my teddies but here in Secunda there is limited choice. Did you perhaps find out about dying synthetic fabric? I tried to dye a piece of white Kohair with Ladydye and it looked a lovely brown colour in the dish but once I rinsed it, it turned snow white again
See on pictures
http://taleobears.blogspot.com/2010/11/ … r-moi.html
It was lady dye hot.
What about Teddy tech in Durban - may be Di will can help?
I read somewhere "no - never" dye sintetics, but air-brush or acrilics/oils to touch up
all the best
Maybe this will help you - http://www.bearycheap.com/ezimerchant/category135_1.htm
It's a dye for Synthetics - particularly the Ko-Hair you were trying to dye last time. It's an Australian company.
I don't know about dying the fluffy plush synthetics though - I know that when my childhood toys were washed, the fur was never the same again. It was matted and clumpy and not very nice, so unless that's the look you're after I wouldn't advise it. I also don't know if you would do a hot or cold dye - having never tried either on synthetics so don't know how it will react to heat.
Airbrushing or using oil pants to shade synthetics is fine though. I know Shelli (Potbelly Bears) uses oil paints for her shading, with a miniscule amount of paint left on the bristles (she wipes and wipes and wipes onto paper towel before going near the bear). I'll see if I can find the thread for you...
Here it is - perhaps that will help you. Shelli uses mohair of course but I've tested her method with acrylic paint on synthetic scraps and it was pretty effective. Oils would be more permanent though, I would *assume*.
To Erin and Coraleen
Did nothing over the holidays re dying process so nothing to report i am going to try though oil paints on synthetics as i really would like to make a teddy ouit of funky colours hava great 2011 oh ill also try that website your all so helpfull on this blog Paula