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Dyeing for Mohair

Color your doll hair cheaply and easily with kool aid

Dyeing for Mohair

If you make dolls, you probably have some white mohair lying around.  I have lots of it.  But I don’t need white mohair.  I need some color!  Let’s see how easy it is to dye it using Kool Aid!

Mohair is takes well to simple dye because if its DNA composition.  Because it is an animal protein derivative, the color in the dye binds to it very easily.

1.  First, start with KOOL AID.

2.  Put the Kool Aid into a glass or earthenware bowl with warm water.  Approximate ratio = one package of Kool Aid : One and a half cups of water.

3.  Add your mohair to the bowl, one lock at a time. Consider combing each lock out before submerging it.

4.  Add plenty of mohair and mix it all around with a non-metal spoon. You want the water to soak up into the mohair so it absorbs the Kool Aid as evenly as possible. You’ll be surprised how much mohair you can get into the bowl.

Here are Two bowls of mohair- one grape and one cherry.

5.  Let the mohair sit and soak overnight.
6.  Rinse it out with water.
Remember scratch and sniff stickers from when we were kids?
Your dolls’ hair will smell like that!

7.  OPTIONAL step:
If you are worried about color fasting the mohair, you can add some vinegar to make it set.   Rub the vinegar into the mohair or spray it on with a spray bottle.

8.  Let the mohair air dry.

Have fun!!

Thread bearer, clay musher, paint brusher, seam ripper. Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time.

Comments

  • August 1, 2009

    Wow! That's amazing I was just thinking I must try dying some mohair today! What is kool Aid though, we don't have that in the UK, what sort of stuff is it so I can look for something similar? Thanks :o)

  • August 2, 2009

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have some VERY light blonde that I haven't used yet because it doesn't match anything I've made. I will have to try this!

  • August 14, 2009
    Anonymous

    You have a wonderful blog here and I hope to learn heaps from you…

    Just getting into doll making and did a google search on needle sculpting and came up with your blog.

    Fantastic stuff!

    I'm usually a scrapbooker/acrylic & watercolour painter.

    I can't help myself. I just want to give dolls a try!

  • August 21, 2009

    In a previous "life" I did a lot of dyeing for spinning and weaving.

    You don't have to mess with the vinegar after-the-fact. just add a tablespoon full to the dye.

    For the commenter overseas: koolaid is a fruit drink powder to which you usually add sugar and water for a drink. It uses pretty dense food-grade pigment and is very inexpensive.

    Sue

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