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


QuiltSwissy said...

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!

Águeda said...

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

LuAnn Kessi said...

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

Vicki W said...

Love this!

Stitch Nine said...

That is so cool! (pun intended)

Robbie said...

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!

Bunny said...

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.