A client has tasked me with adding new silicone elastic to the inside of the hoods on some aerial costumes. This eeensy strip just ain't gonna cut it no more!
Unfortunately, the only tan silicone elastic I could find at my fabric store was 1" wide. However, I was able to find 1/2" white silicone elastic and some Synthetic RIT Dye in the sand stone color.
Let the stovetop silicone elastic dye bath begin! Ignore my dirty stovetop please ;)
RIT DyeMore Synthetic 7oz bottle (Sand Stone color)
6 yards of 1/2" wide white silicone elastic
wooden or heavy plastic mixing spoon
1. Gather your materials.
2. Soak the elastic in a bowl of water. It's best for the elastic to be fully saturated before adding it to the dyebath.
3. Fill your pot with water and bring it to a boil. Make sure to use enough water so the elastic can move freely (you don't want that silicone sticking to the side of the pot). While waiting for it to boil move on to the next step.
4. Shake the bottle of RIT dye well before using!
5. Once the water is boiling add the RIT dye and white vinegar. I only poured about a quarter of the bottle of dye and maybe 1/3 cup of white vinegar. Stir this mixture well.
**Please note when using the Sand Stone dye - it looks army green when you're pouring it in the pot, but never fear! It creates a beautiful tan color in the end!
6. Since this was my first time dyeing with the Sand Stone color and dyeing silicone elastic I did a test dye first. I cut a small piece of the silicone elastic off and tossed it into the pot.
7. I continued stirring the pot while the small piece of elastic was in there. After a few minutes I fished it out and could see it was taking the dye. YAY! Success!
8. Add the rest of the elastic and continuously stir the pot.
9. Once the elastic has reached the desired color drain the water in the sink and rinse with cold water. (The RIT dye bottle suggests stirring for 30 minutes. The elastic took the color really quickly. I'd say the whole process took less than 15 minutes.)
10. After your elastic is properly rinsed squeeze out the excess water with a towel. Hang it to air dry and once it's dry you're good to go!
~Silicone elastic is expensive! I highly recommend doing a dye test first.
~Don't keep the elastic in the pot longer than you need to acquire the proper color. Elastic is basically rubber so it shouldn't be exposed to heat more than it needs to or it'll wear faster.
~Stir the pot as often as you can when the elastic is in it and make sure there's enough water for proper submergence. You don't want the silicone sticking to the side of the pot! This will also help the elastic to dye more evenly.
Good luck! Have fun! And any questions feel free to ask!
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