4/28/15

Festival Inspired Sunburst Tye Dyes

A million times I'm asked to make a replica tie dye design from a super groovy hippie festival back in 1969 worn by J. Cocker at least every other week. 

All an all it's a very simple and mega retro tye dye sunburst or sunflower design but the fact that I have to make something look like the work of another tiedyer when I do take on these customs is a big pain in the arse lol. Doing them on long sleeve henley tees is a major reason why its tricky but I do love a challenge, sometimes...

Listed & ready to ship festival replica henelys currently in our Etsy shop.
(Just click on the size or picture below)

Extra Large - Lightweight
 
2XL - Heavyweight


3XL - Heavyweight

When I do take on a custom sunburst replica some trials are a must first since the blank henleys are spendy. 

Love doing experiments on handy-dandy Bandanas!

Retro Sunbursts

Double Retro Sunbursts


Kids Youth tees are also a fun thing to experiment with different & new tye dye designs and color combos on. The fact that this is a short sleeve t-shirt makes this far-out design easier to tie and dye. 

Kids Medium Retro Sunburst

Soon we'll make this design on adult sizes too!

Lastly:
Did this design for a baby gift, sooo cute!
Retro Baby!

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4/9/15

Tie Dye Ice Cream Tees


https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonDyes

Did a fun custom tie dye order for two toddler tees and a v-neck ladies style t-shirt which turned out super cute & yummy! 

When doing customs I usually do two of each item to make sure one of them works out. A valuable lesson learned from many years of failed custom orders lol. This way I can always list the extras in my Etsy shop.

Find the center & draw out the design
Sometimes I mess up on the centering lol

 Important steps in hand tying shape designs on a tee shirt is first, always make sure you center the design in the middle of the tee and get in at the right height as well. 

You  may need to try it on or hold it up to your body to make sure it looks right. Too far up or too far down and it will look a wee bit funny.

Be Creative!
Think of placing the shape in an unusual way like on the bottom sideways or on the back of the top. Go crazy.

Hand tied with sinew and tiny rubber bands
 After you've decided where the shape will go fold the FRONT only of the t-shirt in half where the design was drawn. If your a good artist you can fold the tee then draw out half of the ice cream design.


 FOLDING & TYING:

Start at the cherry on top, tie it up pleating on the line and tie it with sinew or tiny hair rubber bands

  Then tie the ice cream part. 
I use one long string of artificial sinew for Moon Dyes shape designs. Love the white line it produces and I have less worrying about bleeding of my colors. Rubber bands can be used tight on each part as well. I crinkle the ice cream area so I can dye it a light color and then a darker on top for a psychedelic look.


Then you tie up the cone area in a pleat fashion. To keep it together I wrap the tiny hair bands on it. Dye light brown with a little dark brown on top to give it a waffle cone look!

Stripes were tied around the tie dye ice cream cone design all through out the tee to finish the tying part up.


A sneak peak into the tie dye Moon Lab

 DYING:

Procion fiber reactive dyes are hand mixed fresh for all projects. 

Rainbow colors of awesomeness!



Droppers are used for each color to apply dye in small tricky areas of the shape designs. It takes patience and a steady hand!

Tie dye artist secret, shhhhh!

 
 After I've hand dropped the ice cream shape part I use the bottles of dye to dye up the rest of the tee. Then I store it in a plastic tote with a lid for 12-24 hours in a warm are to let the dye bond with the fabric to make it colorfast. You can also use a plastic grocery bag if you have no totes.


WASH OUT DAY:

Rinse out excess dye in COLD water until water runs fairly clear. Untie or unwrap your item and rinse in cold again. Then throw it in a hot wash cycle with a squirt of blue dawn dish liquid or synthrapol detergent. Wash 2-3 times more depending on how dark of colors you've dyed with and how big of a load done. 

Tumble dry low and wear!
To keep dyes bright & vibrant wash in COLD water with like colors.

"POP"

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