| PREPARATION :
*Be sure to review and follow manufacturer's precautions and first aid directions when using Cold Water Dyes.
Make sure to use only 100% cotton shirts with no finishes (ie. scotchguard). Mixed blend shirts will still pick up the dye, but not quite as well.
First prepare your T-shirts by washing them (if they're new) and leaving damp. If it's not possible to leave the shirt damp after washing, just dampen the shirts before you begin. Remember we want the shirts damp not soaking wet. So be sure to wring shirts out.
Then assemble your work area. Lay plenty of newspaper out on worksurface. This craft can get extremely messy and very staining so be careful. We recommend to do the actual dying of the shirts in some sort of old tray due to the amount of dye coming off the shirt during preparation. Also keep plenty of paper towels on hand. We highly recommend using rubber gloves during this project while handling the fixer, dyes, and saturated shirts. And also recommend the use of old clothes-just in case
Prepare Dye Colors:
In old medium bowl or pitcher-type container mix 1-1/2 cups of warm water with package of first color of dye mix. Stir till dissolved. Using a funnel carefully pour dye into prelabeled bottle with squirt-type tops Any extra dye store to side in a sealed container. Repeat with remaining two colors, placing them each in their own prelabeled bottles.
In old large bowl or bucket pour 6 cups hot water, 3/4 cup of salt and 3 packages of Cold Dye Fix from the Cold Water Dye packages. Stir to dissolve.
Make sure to start with a damp shirt. Lay shirt flat and gently grab center of shirt pulling up and holding shirt by center point. With other hand smooth shirt down into a snake-like shape (see illustration A).