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Acid Dyes

We are very pleased with our line of Acid Dyes. They are available in many beautiful, vibrant colours and are ideal for those who wish to dye silk, wool or nylon. The original formulation of the dyes weren’t ideal for people who wanted to do a lot of colour mixing from primary colours though. To accommodate these customers, we have improved certain colours in the line by replacing them with a noticeably cleaner quality ACID dye. These colours are 601 / 620 / 623 / 626 / 624 / 639 / 618 / 635. These colours are brighter, stronger and yield more.

They will be available in 15gm containers for $8.00 and also 50gm sizes for $18.00.

We have also introduced a new Acid Dye Starter Kit : 15gm of four of our High Intensity colours (601/620/624/639) plus 200gm Citric Acid, mask, gloves and 120mL of TNA soap for $32.00. This kit is perfect for those who want to take a more technical approach to fabric dyeing.

600 Ecru 601 NEW Yellow * 602 Bright Yellow 603 Golden Yellow *
604 Burnt Orange 605 Pumpkin Orange * 606 Deep Orange 607 Salmon
608 Pink 609 Scarlet 610 Burgundy * 611 Vermilion
612 Lilac 613 Purple * 614 Violet 615 Periwinkle
616 Russet 617 Cherry Red * 618 NEW Red * 619 Crimson
620 NEW Fuchsia* 621 Sky Blue 622 Sapphire Blue 623 NEW Blue *
624 NEW Turquoise * 625 Royal Blue 626 NEW Navy * 627 Kelly Green
628 Chartreuse 629 Emerald * 630 Spruce 631 Teal *
632 Chestnut 633 Aztec Gold 634 Olive 635 New Brown *
636 Gold Ochre 637 Gun Metal 638 Silver Gray * 639 NEW Black *

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Versatility: Acid Dyes are extremely brilliant and colourfast. If you do a load of laundry, you can use these dyes. In addition to garment dyeing in a washing machine, you can use it to paint, print or airbrush


Economy: One half ounce (15gm) of Acid Dye will colour about 2 pounds of fabric. Yardage will vary by weight and width of fiber or fabric


Safety: Acid Dyes are considered non-toxic when used properly. Common sense and good housekeeping should be used when handling any dye or chemical. Jacquard Acid Dyes are fully certified and conform to ASTM D4236-86.


Washing Machine Dyeing for Fabric: We commend using the washing machine even for small amounts of fabric, because it is convenient and results are reproducible. The variables in dyeing are temperature, dye concentration, time and amount of fabric. The washing machine maintains consistent time, temperature and agitation so the amount of dye and fabric are the only things you need be concerned with.


Procedure: Set the washing machine to gentle cycle, hot wash/cool rinse and fill to the lowest level appropriate for the amount of fabric being dyed. Add dye powder and agitate until dissolved. Some dye colours are more dense than others, so use 1/2 jar for one pound of fabric, 1/3 jar for 1/2 lb of fabric, etc... Add clean fiber and agitate two minutes. Add one cup of vinegar being careful not to pour directly onto fabric. Before wash cycle is complete, turn machine off and examine fabric. Fabric looks much darker wet than it does dyr. To test your results, dye a scrap of material with your main load and dry with a hair dryer. AT this point, you may let the machine continue through its cycle or start again, adding more dye if desired to increase the depth of the shade. Wash in cool water and Synthrapol or TNA liquid soap.


Stove Top Method: Fill a metal pot with just enough hot or warm water for the fabric to swim freely, turn on the heat. Add the dye powder to the pot and stir. Normally, in this procedure one would add 2 to 4% of the dry weight of the fabric in dye powder. For example, if you are dyeing 1.0lb (16oz) of fabric, use 1/3 to 2/3 of an ounce of dye. Add the fabric to the dye pot. Raise the temperature to 180F to boiling (feathers need a minimum temperature of 170F). Add 1/3 cup of vinegar. Maintain temperature and stir occasionally for 1/2 hour. Wash in soap and warm water. The final colour depends on the time in the dye bath, concentration of the dye and temperature of the dye bath.


Use these directions as guidelines. Acid dyes are quite forgiving and amenable to variations in procedure. The more you experiment, the more you will discover..