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Decorating with bleach

Posted by Laura 25/10/2016 0 Comment(s) Vinyl,

What a wonderful Tuesday! Today I'll tell you about bleaching a black shirt to adorn it; this is one of my all time favourite ways to embellish a dark item of clothing. With most black fabrics the place where you put the bleach will become an orangy red, sometimes it will be even yellow. And apparently some people have had different results also, I'm told it's due to what the fabric color is beneath the black! The best results I've gotten with this is when the fabric is 100% cotton or something like that. With synthetic fabrics this does not work in my experience, or sometimes it becomes blotchy, wich in somecases is the desired look!

In the past I've bleached using freezer paper but this time I ventured out and tried sticky vinyl. The result was not as good as I had hoped, so in the future I think I might use freezer paper. The vinyl bleeded out much more than freezer paper in the past. 

You will need:

- some sort of template of sticker vinyl, freezer paper, cardboard or contact paper
- spray bottle
- bleach
- a shower, a big bucket of water or a sink

1. Fill the spray bottle with 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water, or 1/2. I've heard that you shouldn't use bleach undeluded in this way. The stronger your bleach is, the faster it makes the image on the shirt. This is why I think mine wasn't strong enough: the image took forever to appear on the fabric, and by that time some of the bleach had bled out. So maybe vinyl sticker is OK to use, but in a little bit less deluded mixture.

2. Place your template on dry fabric and go into town with the spray bottle! You can also sprinkle some of the bleach-water in different places on the fabric before you start spraying, this way those spots will appear more than the sprayed area. You will get the hang of this the more you do it. The general idea is, that the longer the bleach-water is on the fabric, the lighter the fabric becomes.  

3. When you think you can see the image appearing, rinse the fabric well, so the bleach stops bleaching. When all the bleach is washed out of the fabric, just put it somewhere to dry. You can fully see your master piece when it's dry! :)  

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