- A POT BIG ENOUGH TO FIT WHAT YOU ARE DYEING
- A PAIR OF TONGS
- HOT WATER THERMOMETER
- WATER - RIT DYE (LIQUID OR DYE POWDER)
- ITEM YOU WISH TO AS A STOVE
- HEAT SOURCE, SUCH
- PAPER TOWEL
Boil Water/dye Mixture Bring a mixture of half a teaspoon of powdered Rit Dye per cup of water to a boil. We also use liquid Rit Dye, which is is about twice as concentrated so mix your water and dye mixture accordingly. Make sure that there is enough mixture to cover the items that you are dyeing.
Bring the mixture to a temperature between 150 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Any hotter isn’t necessary for the dye to take effect and excess heat can damage the item being dyed.
Using a pair of tongs, slowly submerge your item into the heated mixture. Be careful not to splash the mixture as it will burn your skin and stain your cooking surface. Dunk the part in and out of the mixture every minute.
Keep a close eye for color changes and watch for the tone that you are looking to achieve. This might take anywhere from one to twenty minutes, depending on the plastic you are dyeing. Be warned, some materials don’t take dye well and may not get the deep or rich color you seek. This is why practicing with a scrap piece is a good idea.
Once the item becomes the color you want, pull it out and pat it dry with a clean paper towel or cloth. Be careful, the plastic surface will be very hot. Do not handle with your bare hands. Also pay attention not to splash, you’re working with very hot water that can injure or permanently stain surfaces and clothing.