Friday, January 22, 2016

Ice Discharge......Experiment

Several weeks ago I purchased Clorox Bleach Crystals

hoping that they would work better than liquid bleach 

in my front load washing machine...

I have not tried them on my laundry yet,

but I have decided to try them out today

on Kona Black Cotton Fabric:

I so enjoy ice dyeing, so thought I would try

ice discharge with Clorox Bleach crystals.

After several hours of watching the ice melt:

I am just not seeing a whole lot of discharge of color?

Not in my second discharge container either.

After the ice was completely melted...

I couldn't stand it...

I sprinkled the ice crystals directly onto the wet fabric.

Then I let it sit overnight:

The ice crystals worked wonderfully well on wet fabric.

I didn't have much luck with the ice discharge method,

but they worked directly sprinkled on the fabric!

I found the crystals to be a mild bleach...

Waiting overnight was the key to my success.

This is an image of the entire 1 yard Kona Black discharge:

I love the red discharge color in this section.

I also discharged 3 black cotton tote bags:

The crystals discharged in places like salt on painted fabric.

Can you see the specks?

I am ready to discharge black hand dyed fabrics,

as well as dark navy, purple, etc.

More to come!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


  1. I have never seen the crystals before. now I will have to look for them. I use a bleach pen though. I once discharged a random piece of fabric hat had been in my mother's house for so many years it had been forgotten. It discharged a most beautiful orange and deep red. Never found anything like it again.

    Yours look like fire.....they are incredible!

  2. this is an experiment fantastic. I do not know the produc in Spain, but i will look for. Thank you for the idea :)

  3. The Clorox Bleach Crystals are fairly new, not all of the grocery stores are carrying them.....yet. I used 1 full cap of crystals on 1 yard of wet fabric and let them sit overnight. I also soaked them in Bleach Stop for 15 minutes, rinsed, then a regular hot wash.
    LuAnn Kessi

  4. Very nice effects! Look just like ice dyeing! Love the black and white vs the rust color. There used to be a black fabric that would bleach white...thought I had tried Kona before but will try again. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful! I am always amazed at the magic of black discharging. You just never know what color you will get and its all very exciting.