I know, I know, I know there're a bunch of tie dye DIY around atm but as I do have some dark blue denim pants I hardly wear and as they say it's oh so easy, I just thought, well, let's see for myself and with myself I mean you and me, us if you will. Must say I've been kinda surprised to find a bleaching at any supermarket, still don't quite know if it's the right thing - wouldn't want to handle too caustic chemicals and all, you know ... - but as I said before, we'll see. So here we go...
All you need is: denim pants, bleaching powder (you can also use liquid bleach), rubber bands, gloves and a bucket
STEP 1: make the denim pants wet, soaking wet, but press the water out again
STEP 2: tie the pants with the rubber bands to a lump - there's no right or wrong, surprises are part of the game, I guess, and the less rubber bands you use, the more they get bleached.
STEP 3: fill the bucket with hot water (90°C in this case but read the instruction leaflet first), put the bleaching powder in - CAUTION: as the bleaching comes into play, always wear the gloves - stir up, put the tied up denim lump in, lid on (if there's one) and let it rest.
NOTE: it kinda smells awkwardly, don't drink, don't inhale, don't let your dog drink or inhale it, hold off children.
STEP 4: look after 'em every now and then, but you can also leave them over night (kinda depends on the bleaching you're using - if you have any doubts, contact your chemist of trust) - to get a all parts equally bleached turn the lump upside down OR ballast it with anything (I used a filled up plastic bottle) to make sure the whole denim's going to get bleached.
NOTE: from time to time the water's color will turn blue or even green-ish and the pants will look even awkwardly, even green-ish but I can tell, the weirder it looks slash smells slash feels, the better it gets, I guess, we'll see.
STEP 5: when the pants look white, meaning turquoise enough get 'em out and fire the washing machine up (you better leave the rubber bands on) - wait for 30-60 minutes and lay flat to dry - meaning the pants.
NOTE: if you like them even more tie dyed, repeat and repeat and repeat all the 5 steps
PS: I'll show you the result as soon as they're dry...
HAPPY SUNDAYS everyone!
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