Can you ice dye with liquid? Yes you can! The ice dyeing with liquid dye is a tad different so read through or watch the video to see the tutorial.
I get the question all the time. I had to see for myself. It looks a bit different than regular ice dye, but it will work in a pinch! Want to see if powdered natural ice dye will work? I have a post for that too. As well as temperature of ice dyeing.
Can You Liquid Dye to Ice Dye?
Check out the video below for a visual tutorial. If you prefer written instructions see below!
If you’re in a pinch, I still suggest powdered dye. The powder helps the ice melt and the liquid doesn’t. It took about twice as long to do the liquid as my usual method.
In this tutorial I show you and walk you through the steps to get an amazing ice dye effect. I used onesies but this will work on any natural fiber!
- Liquid Dye
- Natural fiber material
- Cooling rack
- Get your fabric wet and ring it out.
- Mix 1 part dye to 4 parts water in a bottle.
- Crumple up your fabric and set it on the cookie rack. The cookie rack is nice because it holds it all scrunched up.
- Place ice all over the scrunched up material. The less ice you do the less white space you’ll have. I completely covered my cloth in ice.
- Let it sit until the ice completely melts.
- Rinse out your fabric until the water runs clear then put it in a wash on cold. After this initial wash, you should be ok to wash it with other colored clothing.
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How long does liquid dye last?
I have never had mine expire. I have read it does, and that you should throw it out after 72 hours. If you want maximum pigment I suggest using it fast. These dyes had been sitting for 3 years (unopened) and I still got beautiful colors.
Every video and post I do about fabric I get the question ‘where did you get your fabric?’ It of course changes based on the post but for this post I used these tea towels.