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Removing Goofs on Heavy Silk

Here is a wonderful conversation over heard on the SPIN facebook page about how to remove unwanted spots or bleeds on very heavy silk. Thanks Don Baker and Marcia Ferris:

So on round 4 I finally penetrated the 12 Momme silk Resistad lines spread a bit but all in all I think it is a go, except for where my brush jumped and where I did not close my gutta lines at the short end of the horse shoe. Not really sure how one would get very fine lines on thick silk. Is there a way to resist fine lines on thick silk? What is the best way to remove unset Camelia DuPont 474 – Alcohol and water and q-tips?

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    • Marcia Ferris Are you talking about the small red spot in one point? Can hardly see it. Now if I lived down the street I would bring up some Decolourant and with a Q Tip dab the smallest area and then dry and iron. If that did not work, Jacquard discharge paste might. Only the smallest amount. Alcohol is so scary. It spreads so fast and may go too far.

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      Don Baker Yes, that is the spot. Decolorant and discharge paste. Sounds a like a great couple of tools to have in my box. Will have to pick some of that up. I may sleep on it and might do number 5 tomorrow. I am very glad that the banner is 20″ x 24″ so I have only used about a yard of silk. But I really don’t want to do this again..One more time and I wont have to trace it. I will remember!

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      Don Baker Would Reduran do it Marcia Ferris

    • Don Baker I think I will make one more that will be perfect and I can use these as fancy napkins when we have company. LOL

Brilliant Way to Copy Your Design

Don Baker

My magic pens just don’t work.  The ink disappears too quickly.  I use a bit of vine charcoal or charcoal pencil to transfer my images to silk.  Used lightly, they wash right out of the silk.  Its great because I can spend a day transferring my work for the week, then just move on to gutta and painting whenever I like.



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Removing Gutta Resist

Don Baker

Not sure where I read to do this, but it does work for removing Gutta resist.  Get a large pickle jar or something similar and pour about three inches of Naphtha (Available at most hardware stores in the US) into it.  Put your silk in the jar, put the lid on and shake a few times.  Let set for 10 to 15 minutes until the Gutta is removed.  Take the silks out and hang dry.  Naphtha is flammable and can harm you so be careful – wear rubber gloves.  I have to use this because none of the dry cleaners in my area will touch my silks.



This is a great tip Don as fewer and fewer dry cleaners use the chemicals necessary to remove solvent based resists like gutta.