Here’s a “life-hack” for you.
Apparently concentrated Kool-Aid can be used as a pretty effective leather dye.
I was making a drink while cutting the snaps off some new straps for my pauldrons and I got curious, so I tried it, thinking, “ok even if this works, it will just wash out.”
It took the “dye” (undiluted) in about 3 seconds. After drying for about an hour and a half, it would not wash off in the hottest tap-water. It would not wash out after soaking for 30 minutes.
It did not wash out until I BOILED it, and even then, only by a tiny bit and it gave it a weathered look that was kind of cool.
Add some waterproofing and I’d wager it would survive even that.
That rich red is only one application too.
Plus it smells great, lol.
So there you go, cheap, fruity smelling leather dye in all the colors Kool-Aid has to offer.
this may be important to some of my followers *and certainly not just getting reblogged because of my costuming and my boyfriends desire for leather armor*
Kool-aid comes with both citric acid and food coloring, which are two of three things (usually) needed for dyeing with such things. The third is usually vinegar, which is likely not needed here, but would be if you were dyeing wool or another natural fiber (non-natural fibers require other substances) to set the dye in the fiber.
If you liked how that looked, and want to go beyond just the basic Kool-aid colors, Dye Your Yarn has a table of mixtures. Going even beyond that, it shows various food coloring results.
You can also try with other foods like the onion skins, coffee, berries, or even red cabbage. Wild Color is the best reference to start there.
Huh. So I dropped off Tumblr without notice a few months ago. Just fell out of the habit, forget why.
I’m not really coming back? I’m not going to post much, tho I probably should post the Homestuck afghan squares I’ve finished, and link projects other people have done that I’ve seen using the charts.
That said, I DID receive an ask for a chart/pattern for Meulin’s sweater, and I apologize for not getting back to that person. That said? Rav-user Katie T-W has created one here. Since that’s just the chart and not a pattern for a sweater, if you need one, I recommend the Weasley Sweater, which is a good basic sweater.
That’s it for now.
Third and final set.
Second set of photos.
Went to the Cincinnati Zoo today with my Dad and cousin Shawn. These are some of the photos I took. (I’d give info on the camera, but I honestly leave the numbers on that to my Dad - it’s his hobby. So, while I used a damn good serious amateur photographer’s camera, I dunno on specs.)
PS Not really coming back to tumblr (I think), but I did want to post these here.
Ok , so I made this in my English class out of boredom, there was no one it had not started yet ! So we had a substitute that day, a really cute guy, and he walks in, stare at the class then at the board, then at the class again, he seemed amazed and goes :
“Who wrote ”Fuck You” in circular gallifreyan , I don’t know if I should kiss you or send you to detention ”
So… One of my entries for the Baronial Arts and Sciences was a Relic. ‘The (stolen, possibly fake) Relic of Saint Dictus’. Yes, that’s a dildo inside the reliquary, and the Pilgrim Tokens are what you think they are.
Entered it under the ‘Decorative Arts’ catagory, because really, what else do you enter a Relic in? Was informed that it was disqualified because it’s not a decorative art, and that I should have entered it under ‘Research’, with the Relic as a visual aid. *shrugs* It was the first A&S I’d ever entered, didn’t realise that my Documentation skills are good.
-Did win First Place for the ‘Shenanigans’ Category, which was created today.
Documentation can be found here. Pictures are included on how the Relic was found, NFWS due to the nature of the Relic.
cat fell inside a bag full of plastic balls
Okay, the exciting news time.
BIGASS BJD CONVENTION. Please take a minute to answer the survey in the thread if you’re thinking you’ll want to come. :)
I’m really excited about it because I have wanted to…
One of my friends got chased by little piggies during his bike ride
After hearing about the blog “fuckyeahreadmores”, I’m urging my followers to refrain from tagging their personal posts as “personal” or “read more”. Choose a more unique phrase that can’t be easily searched for, because for some reason there are sick fucks out there searching the ‘read more’ tag.
Blue Crowned Pigeon
…one day, some pigeons decided peacocks got too much attention. And that they should take lessons from them.
So it’s done! Yay!
I had the top stitching and binding done by Sherri Wallaert in Portland. You can find the lining fabric that I used here. I had the “Police Public Call Box” and the text of the telephone box printed at Spoonflower (and I made them available).
Here are some photos I took along the way. My followers may have seen some of these, but I want to document the process for posterity, and maybe explain a few things….
Click through for cola82’s brilliant account of the making of her TARDIS quilt.
good god damn
Ohhhhhh, how I LOVE quilting! And lookit that TOPSTITCH! *happy sigh*