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agent_peebody 08-08-2010 11:12 PM

Dyeing 101: Marble Effect
Alright, so I've gotten dozens of PMs about how to do this, so I figured I would throw together a little tutorial.

What you need:

Pot to dye in
4 plastic grocery bags
about 3-4 ounces of dye (RIT and water)
weight (i used little plant pots)

Step 1:


Get your pot out and put the four grocery bags in there like a clover. Let them puff out a bit before doing step 2.

Step 2:


I put the 3-4 ounces of dye in those little plastic cups that you get with egg dyeing kits, then i microwave it for about 30 seconds so the dye can warm up. Then I drizzle the dye over the bags after they've puffed out a bit.

Step 3:


Put your disc in there face down, masking off anything you DON'T want marbled. Try not to wiggle the disc once it's set down on the dye, or your marbling will not be as clear.

Step 4:


I use two small planters for some plants that never got planted to weight the disc down, so the bags are pressed pretty firmly against the disc. Then comes the hard part...the wait. I've actually only waited like 3 minutes before and got a good marble, but that was because I forgot to mask off the dye I had done on it already, and didn't want the rest to get marbled. It actually came out good, but anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours will work pretty good. If you pull it out and it's not as dark as you'd like, throw it back in there.

Or, if you want to add more depth to the marbling, take the disc out, rearrange the bags, and put it back in there to get two different marble patterns. You can also do this with a second color and you get some amazing looking marble.

agent_peebody 08-08-2010 11:13 PM

Now, luckily I knew you'd be stopping by ;) so I prepared one ahead of time. Here's a close up of what the end result will be. For this photo, i used "Pearl Grey" by RIT and it was only in the dye about 5 minutes.


WHEW! That was a long process. Hopes this helps some of you guys.

BloatedLlama 08-08-2010 11:53 PM

Wow, so simple yet a very dramatic effect. Just did my first dye tonight, butterfly on an ION might try this to help mask some of the minor mistakes, will post pics when I do. Thank you for the tutorial, and your dyes all are awesome by the way.

agent_peebody 08-08-2010 11:57 PM

*NOTE: that isn't whizz on the bags, it's "Golden Yellow" from RIT

De Hermit 08-09-2010 12:13 AM

I know little of how to dye your own plastic, but I was curious as to what dye-to-water ratio should be used to create the marble effect?

NothinButChing 08-09-2010 12:36 AM

golden whizz on bags :'(

zenbot 08-09-2010 12:38 AM


Originally Posted by NothinButChing (Post 440752)
golden whizz on bags :'(


jskatt21 08-09-2010 01:07 AM

This is another great thing that should be stickied

atl scott 08-09-2010 01:43 AM

Thanks for sharing master shake! I don't dye discs often but I had wondered about this technique. I think I'll leave it to the pros.

tistoude 08-09-2010 08:35 AM

Peebody, thanks so much for posting this. It is such a simple techinque that provides some great results.

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