17 Jun 2018

ursulas_alcove: 19th century engraving of a woman using a drop spindle (Default)
Videoes explaining the eco printing process:

Solar Oven made from two nesting cardboard boxes with newspaper in between. Aluminum foil glued to surfaces. Glass top taped onto lid with clear strapping tape. I made it long ago. Mostly, it's been sitting in the basement or garage. The robins left their mark.

Ecoprinting in the solar oven

I put my pipes wrapped tightly inside plastic bags for additional green house effect. You can also do immersion dye with yarn in a Mason jar as long as you have a lid. Open pots of liquid steam up the glass and it doesn't end well for the cardboard.
Ecoprinting in the solar oven

I used part of an old iron broom handle and a copper pipe I found in the basement. If you have to cut them to size, make sure to file down the cut edge. Very important as I learned the hard way. The plant material was soaking in rusty water and the fabric soaked in different mortants. Really all you need is vinegar and water or else seawater if you live on a coast. Seaweed is a fixative.

Ecoprinting process using plastic bags in solar oven

It helps to wrap your fabric with string to get a good press of plant material. I found an inch was too far apart but a half inch was good. This test sample lost leaf definition because the leaves had soaked in rust water for too many days. Five days is too long in the heat.

These eco prints were soaked in iron.

Rose leaves, maple leaves, raspberry leaves and a grape leaf are part of this sample. The fabric is cotton. I think I'll cut pieces for a skirt to dye next. Maybe something with panels like this:
Blue Jean skirt complete

Stay tuned!


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