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Old 12-19-2013, 10:56 AM
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"Nebula" Style Dye Tutorial

“Nebula” Style Technique

So to the best of my knowledge, I strongly believe that this is the technique that has been used by respected disc dyers such as Wondernut and Jeff Ash (aka Brainwave Discs) to achieve the so called “nebula” style dye effects, as it has been referred to by many in the disc golf community. It is very similar to the effects you can achieve with the common shaving cream techniques but has its own unique qualities and end result. I mean no disrespect to the originators of this style of dyeing by sharing this, but I would like to share my findings of this technique whether or not it is the same technique that they are using. This may also be a technique that others are already doing so I in no way take credit for this. In fact a lot of the ideas I got to try this method out came from other fellow disc dyers and their suggestions (special thanks to bmxpunk01 and goosefraba1 for sharing ideas that led me to trying this). Here is what I am doing currently to achieve these effects.

Tools and Items needed:
1. Dye of choice ( I used a pro chemicals disperse dye for this tutorial. I am sure other dyes should work as well for doing this)
2. A plate (or something similar that has almost the same shape as the top of the disc. Mixing bowl, etc. Use your best judgement. I prefer a plate that will perfectly fit the shape of the disc so it sets nicely)
3. Dish soap or laundry detergent. ( I am still testing both of these to see what works best. So far it seems that laundry detergent mixes best with the dye for the dye mix anyways)
4. Eye dropper or something to apply your dye mix.
5. Glasses/Cups/Bowls to mix and hold your dye/detergent mixes.
6. Stirrer of some sort. (I use a chop stick)

Instructions:

Step 1 – Add a base layer of detergent or soap to the plate. I prefer to add just enough to create a little buffer between the plate and the disc. Not so much that its floating in a ton of detergent. Remember you will be adding your dye mix to this and you don’t want it to become too diluted.


Step 2 – Mix a small amount of detergent in separate cups or glasses. More or less depending on how much of each color you want to use and how dark you want the final result. Add several eye droppers full of premixed liquid dye to the detergent. Gently stir until you achieve a nicely mixed detergent/dye ratio. I like mine slightly thick but still on the runny side, just not too watered down.
Repeat process for all the colors you wish to use.

Step 3 – Once you have mixed all of your dyes with detergent, begin applying them on the plate as you wish. Have fun with it. I do suggest to be careful about over mixing the colors if you want the colors to stand out on their own. They can blend very easily with this method so remember that less is more, unlike the shaving cream method where you can pretty much go to town with a toothpick or utensil and create various designs in the shaving cream, the soap/detergent allows the dye to blend very easily. When done it should like a primordial ooze


Step 4 – Very carefully place your disc in the dye mix and be careful not to move it around. Let it sit for anywhere from 8-12 hours or more depending on the shade you are trying to achieve. My first try I pulled it after 6 hours and while it came out nice, I think an extra few hours would of allowed the colors to become a little darker.

Here were my results with this one. I was quite pleased. So was Mindy


Step 5 – Experiment with these steps and share your results. We can all learn from each other and what we are doing to get better at this fun style of dyeing discs.

Step 6 - Have fun!!!
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:05 AM
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Ugh, now I am going to be even more impatient to receive my packages. That looks great, well done.
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:31 PM
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it should be noted that the glass of wine (or other beverage of choice) is critical to the success and fun of the process!
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:19 PM
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it should be noted that the glass of wine (or other beverage of choice) is critical to the success and fun of the process!
Absolutely. That and good music are an essential part of the dyeing process!
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:43 PM
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looks great, Odyssey! I'm looking forward to the post-holiday dye stock-up I have planned. Definitely going to be trying this with a disc soon.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:05 PM
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I have to see what discs I have laying around - after reading your instructions, and thinking about this, I stumbled on this:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemis...sitycolumn.htm

I'm thinking if the bottom layer is karo syrup, you could "pull" more designs into the laundry detergent dye mix and keep them a bit more separated, then using all detergent.

I believe that since the detergent is slightly less dense, the two could potentially remain separated during the dye process... I'm hoping to try this either tonight, or tomorrow night with my current iDye supply... I just hope I have a disc!
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:04 PM
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I have to see what discs I have laying around - after reading your instructions, and thinking about this, I stumbled on this:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemis...sitycolumn.htm

I'm thinking if the bottom layer is karo syrup, you could "pull" more designs into the laundry detergent dye mix and keep them a bit more separated, then using all detergent.

I believe that since the detergent is slightly less dense, the two could potentially remain separated during the dye process... I'm hoping to try this either tonight, or tomorrow night with my current iDye supply... I just hope I have a disc!
I had wondered if there was something that had a relative density high enough to be used as a better base than detergent, while still being fluid enough to allow the disc to displace it. Never bothered to look. Great information in there.

Thank you.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:05 PM
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Density or viscosity?
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:18 PM
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I believe a bit of both - but my thought is actually backwards, there -

This is what I want to try - In a pie pan, just big enough for a disc to fit into,
*lay down a bed of detergent, thin - just enough to float a disc
*add a dye-syrup mix to make the design (heavier/thicker than detergent)
*Set the disc on top, and place just a bit of weight (maybe a shot glass), on top, so it forces the syrup to displace the detergent and keep either from 'floating' on top of the other one

I'm hoping for this type of result:

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This one I did last night I actually used dish soap for the base and detergent for my dye mix. Just an FYI since i don't think I specified in the tut. I'm curious how that karo syrup will work for you bmxpunk. Let me know how that goes.
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