ArtFoamies used on these silk scarves:
Balzer Designs: Happy Edge, Balzer Designs:Train Tracks, Chickadee, Maple Leaf.
I did use leaves in the summer to natural dye the scarves before stamping on them, but you can use the same method as below, to dye them. Just repeat the process.
Wash silk gently with a mild soap like "Synthrapol".
Let silk soak in vinegar for 5 minutes approximately.
Let dry. Iron on silk setting. Ironing results in crisper images.
I laid the silk on some muslin(unbleached cotton). This helps so that the silk don't attach to whatever you lay it on. A hard, flat surface is a good idea.
I used Sodium Algenate to thicken Jaquard Dyes. The longer it stands the thicker it becomes.
Mix some (approximately 1 teaspoon) Sodium Alginate with warm water (approximately 1 cup). Read the instructions on the packet for more accurate measurements.
Then mix about a 1/4" of a teaspoon or less Jaquard acid dye with about a quarter of the above mixture.
Mix up as many colors as you like.
I used smooth finger gloves to apply the "paint" to the stamps.
Wait until it dries.
I wrapped the silk in cotton (for a lack of blank newspaper paper), after it dried. Then I wrapped it in newspaper - about two layers. Then I wrapped it in tinfoil. Make sure that it doesn't have gaps where moisture can enter.
I used a pressure cooker and inserted a raised cake rack inside. I added enough water so that the water won't touch the wrapped up tin foil package even when the water boils. Put the pressure cooker on for about 15-20 minutes. Wait till everything cools down. This heat sets the dyes.
It is a good idea to have a pressure cooker dedicated to
crafting only. Safety first.
Rinse silk with a gentle soap like "Synthrapol". Dry. Wha-la!!! All done.