Ice Dye Kit - Learn to Tie Dye
We have been tie-dyeing since 2013, and our love for the process is just as strong as the end product. We are excited to announce that we are creating DIY ice dye kits so you all can get in on the action! Whether you are having a get together with friends, wanting to learn a new hobby or skill, or you want to find the perfect gift for that DIY friend of yours, then our kits are perfect!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PROFESSIONAL-GRADE ICE DYE KIT?
- Fiber reactive dye color(s) of your choice (1 oz each)
- Glass (better for the environment) jars with shaker lids
- Soda ash (needed for soaking the garments ahead of time for better results)
- Professional textile detergent (helps set the dyes)
- Rubber bands
- Face mask
- Pair of gloves
- How-to guide to ice dye and snow dye like a professional!
*Each box is packed with love with beautiful tissue paper, perfect for gifts! Ask for gift wrapping!
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
- Ice or snow
- Warm water
- Bucket (or a container of some sort to submerge clothing in)
- A tarp or something to protect the surface you are working on
- A rack and a shallow bin/tub for the ice dye process (this is optional, but makes it much less messy!)
- A place to wash the clothes out
- A wash machine
- Natural fiber material such as cotton, linen, or rayon to dye.
HOW MANY ITEMS CAN I DYE?
This kit is for one batch of ice dye items. The soda ash is enough for 1 gallon of warm water, which means you can continue pre-soaking clothing until the water is gone. The textile detergent is for one load of freshly dyed clothing. The dye shakers are plenty for at least one big batch of clothing, but probably more depending on how many colors you use and your designs!
We have organic blank baby blankets, baby hats, baby bibs, and adult + children sized face masks available for your kits! Check our DIY section! We also have additional dyes, soda ash, and textile detergent available for purchase if you would like extra supplies! If you need any recommendations, don't hesitate to ask!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This kit is great for both beginners and professionals! It is also great for adults and children! We just recommend that children are supervised and assisted. Fiber reactive dyes are very fine and can travel easily if you aren't careful. Having a well-prepared work area is the best plan of action. You will allow the clothes to sit overnight or at least 8 hours before washing them.
HOW IS THIS SUSTAINABLE?
The shaker lid makes these incredibly easy to use for ice dying! We chose to use glass jars instead of plastic to be more eco-friendly. We also chose to use glass containers for the textile detergent and rose gold tins for the soda ash instead of plastic bags and containers. Please clean and re-use your containers when you are finished with them. If you do not plan on re-using your containers, please message us and we will send you a label to send them back to us for recycling!
WHY WE DON'T USE NATURAL DYES
The fiber reactive dyes are actually considered more sustainable than natural dyes in many aspects.
There are many downsides to naturals dyes; they are less permanent, more difficult to apply, less wash fast, and most require the use of mordants, which bond to the fiber on one end and the dye molecule on the other, some of which are highly toxic. Color possibilities are more limited with natural dyes, even if one is willing to use the more toxic mordants and modifiers. Some of the metals, such as chromium and tin, are extremely toxic. Even copper and iron mordants can be dangerous if misused because over time they can build up in the body and cause harmful effects. Alum, Aluminum Sulfate, is the most popular and least toxic of the mordants, however, it is an irritant, and may be harmful if ingested, so it should be used with care.
The last problem with natural dyes is the amount of water and heat used. First, the fiber must be mordanted in one simmering bath, while the dyestuffs simmer in another to extract the actual dye molecules from the plant or insect material. Once the fiber is mordanted and the extract is ready, then the fiber must be simmered in the dye extract. In the end, the fiber must be washed to remove the extra dye that didn't fix to the fabric and plant material that was not properly filtered from the extract. While there are ways to mordant while the fiber is in the extract bath, the results tend to be less brilliant and only reduce the water usage by about a third. This process takes a lot of time and energy compared to Fiber Reactive type dyes, which can be used with low water immersion techniques and do not require hot water or simmering for long periods of time.
ONE LAST THING...
*Please note that Soda Ash and Textile Detergent is necessary for fiber reactive dyes. Many Ice Dye kits and Tie Dye kits either do not include these items at all, or they include a very small amount. This will cause your dyes to fade quicker and come off in the wash.