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Old 09-21-2018, 12:24 PM   #1
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How to dye leaves quick and easy

I dyed some cheap synthetic leaves for my ghillie suit and love how they turned out, hope this helps some of you!



Here is exactly what I did: first I boiled the leaves in a big pot with some dish soap for about 20 minutes. Then I strained them and rinsed them. I replaced the water in the pot with a teaspoon of dish soap and got it almost boiling, added all the dye, tossed in all the leaves. I took some leaves out at 30 minutes, some more at 45 minutes, and then all of them at 60 minutes. when I took the leaves out I rinsed them in cold water. And thats it!
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:13 PM   #2
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Awesome, what kind of dye did you use?
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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looks good, where did you buy leaves?
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:56 PM   #4
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I used Rit synthetic dye in chocolate brown and ordered the leaves off of Alliexpress!
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Spray paint is your friend. Super fast and easy
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As a professional dyer (animal fiber), I wanted to commend your work. Looks great!
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Old 01-13-2020, 11:09 AM   #7
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yup thats how I do it, except I wash mine in the washing machine first with some fabric softener and dry them in a fabric bag.
then i add the dish soap to the boiling water with some RIT dye. The dish soap has a surfactant in it that allows better water penetration into fabrics.
I take the leaves out let them air dry.
Once dry I take a candle or lighter and VERY lightly run it across the back until the leaves get a curled up look (for dead leaves).
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