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Old 07-03-2013, 10:44 PM
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So I have been searching and found some mixed information and would like to get it straight before I test it out. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:05 AM
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I'd guess powder dye/ acetone or alcohol / detergent.

But that's just a guess. I'm not there yet
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i think it boils down to what kind of a splatter you want, but i think that detergent would stick better since it's more goopy, whereas i foresee big problems with an acetone mix since it's watery. you might be able to flick little droplets off a brush with acetone, but detergent seems like it'd be a better way to go if you want a true "splatter" effect since it might hold the shape of the splatter better.

i really have no idea, but just judging by consistency of the material used, that's my guess. think like acrylic vs watercolor.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:16 AM
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I've figured out that acetone in required, Idye, then I've seen laundry detergent and dish soap tossed in the mix as well as vinegar and parsley of all things. Just want an ironed out tried and true mix before my white star leopard gets some lovin.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:30 AM
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some acetone can't hurt, but it's by no means required. might be nice to water down the detergent a bit, i suppose.

i mix my dye with straight detergent and get good results; you'd just have to leave it on the disc longer or float it in a pan of hot water to shorten the wait time. i can attest that idye and detergent will absolutely work to dye a disc (and do it wonderfully; check the dye a day thread), though others might have more insight on acetone. i don't know what vinegar and parsley have to do with anything, haha.

edit: i will note that if you don't mix the detergent and dye well, the shades of color can change.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:46 AM
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I mix a small amount of powder iDye Poly, with just enough acetone to make a liquid - then add detergent. Using this mix, I got these results for a "spatter" effect:



This was/is my test disc, so the color was a little weak - but I use the same mix for my circles:

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That's what Im after. Did you use 1/4 packet, 1/2 packet, etc... Also about detergent. Certain brand or color better than the next, 10oz, 12oz, or is it more of trying to achieve a certain consistency like adding water in sc for marble dyes.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:29 AM
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I will take a small amount of dye powder (I'm talking dipping the tip of a small measuring spoon and using that much - literally a "pinch" of dye powder), and put it in a shot glass - mix in a couple droplets of acetone, and mix until it liquefies. Once that's done, I'll add detergent - I use All brand, it's clear, cheap, and what we use anyway for actual laundry.

Once you mix up this small amount, I think you'll be surprised how little you'll actually use for a disc. I've mixed up an ounce & half, and used that little bit to dye multiple discs. A little definitely goes a long way.
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This was ~3/4 Liquid Rit Scarlet ~1/4 acetone if I remember correctly. I dripped from a plastic squeeze bottle at about 1 foot above the disc to get the spread when the dye hit the plastic.

Man, the wife was nervous about me dripping acetone/dye in the house.
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Additional tips - I'll mix the solution intermittently while applying the dye, to ensure nothing settles in the bottom of the container.

I also use a hair dryer to help set the dye in between applications (low setting). When I've reached the desired results, I let the disc sit for 24hrs or so, then rinse in cold water.
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