We’ve all seen reverse tie dye whether we realize that’s what it is or not. Here I’ll show you how to get the same look using ice!
I do have the exact bleach crystals linked here that I used but you can also use liquid bleach. I’ll be sharing a tutorials on the differences of how that will work. But if you want to use liquid dye for ice tie dye I have the tutorial here.
How to Reverse Tie Dye with Bleach
Below you will find the video I did explaining the process but if you’re more into written instructions I’ve got those below the video as well.
I’m honestly not sure it could be any less complicated than this!
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.
- 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.
- Sprinkle the powdered ice crystals on the ice.
- Let it sit until the ice completely melts.
- Rinse out your fabric 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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Is wet or dry technique better for dyeing?
Damp is best for tie dye. If you don’t get your fabric wet your colors are more likely to bleed together and not have as sharp of lines if you were to fold your fabric.
How long does it take bleach to turn something white?
Well in this method you won’t be getting white. But once the ice is melted, the dye is ready to be rinsed. It takes about 4 hours. If you use smaller pebbles the quicker it will melt.
Reverse Tie Dye Patterns
The fun part about reverse tie dye is that you can use my methods for shibori folding to get the same results with black.