Last week, I came across this wonderful little post on the Craft blog discussing dyeing buttons with Rit dye. As often as I find myself dyeing things (I just recolored a set of sheets a few weeks ago), never once has it crossed my mind that I might be able to dye my own buttons!
Like many of you, I often struggle to find the right button color to match my projects. This is especially true when I'm creating product for the GHU Shop. So, needless to say, I was very excited to pull out some dye and start experimenting.
I followed a link in the post to this tutorial on the Rit website which revealed just how simple it is to dye your own buttons. The only supplies you need are dye, hot water and white buttons, plus about 15 minutes of free time. It can't get any easier than that, right?
The dyeing process was very quick and, surprisingly, not even that messy. I set up shop in the kitchen, next to the sink for easy access to hot water and for easy clean-up. I used liquid dye to make the mixing process simpler.
The white buttons are what I started with, the colors are the end result of the dyeing process. The blue and yellow buttons are dyed with color straight out of the bottle (no mixing). The two green colors are both the result of mixing colors. I did find a handy mixing chart, which I wasn't able to use this time around, but plan on testing out as soon as I can get my hands on some Aquamarine Rit (I want to make lime buttons next).
This was a fun little experiment for the weekend! What I'd like to try next time around is dyeing some colored buttons to see if it will alter the original color. I have a stash of yellow buttons that are much too light. Almost a cream/yellow color. I'd like to give them a bath in dye to see if I can make them usable.
Have you dyed buttons or anything else unique recently?
Ps. Thanks for all the feedback on the blog redesign! I ended up getting rid of the Typekit font and going with a standard font for the body text. I tested it on some random equipment at work and saw the blurriness some of you were seeing.