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How to Keep Green Label Dye Brilliant

Recently asked on Linkedin Group:  Silk Art

How do I keep the colors intense? I use the green label Jaquard silk dye, dry 24+ hours, agitate it in fixative, rinse in cold water, and the colors become pastel. What am I missing? Help! Thanks.

My answer:

As many others have mentioned:
1. Steam set
2. Try Red Label or Dupont both must be steam set. I have been using Dupont for years and love the brilliant color. I do not like the price increase so have since moved to Jacquard Red Label and do not see any difference except saving money.
3. Depending on your purpose…I have found you can adhere silks to a surface without steaming IF you use a clear paste not a runny medium. I discovered using Golden Clear Heavy Paste I like the shiny finish but you can get satin finish. I adhere on panels, canvas. and wood.

Kaaren Hoback Tries Different Resists

by Kaaren Hoback
This was shared recently on SPIN page on facebook.

 Photo EZ stencil product and gutta #1
drawing on transparency on screen Right- finished stencil on left.
http://www.store.cbridge.com/c/PEZ/PhotoEZ+Products.html
Easy as PhotoEZ claims it is. First try was on 8 mm habotai, with Jacquard Water Based Resist straight out of the bottle- stencil lines did bleed out so that each line was about double the drawn width.
They did not “fuzz”. Ok on this particular design. A finer line to start with should compensate.
#2 Sprayed the field with Magic sizing allowed to dry , then applied exactly the same above so only 1 variable. Less “bleed’ but did not completly retain drawn width.
#3 Incomplete- waiting for silk to dry* but will try Jacquard No flow applied to clean silk, then stencil and see which is better.
* My fault- the stencil shifted and shadowed the rose so washed out the gutta and sizing to start over.
PhotoEZ Products
www.store.cbridge.com
 

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