Dip Dyed T Shirt

I love the look of a dip-dyed shirt.  This is one of my favorites that I found on Etsy.

I know that this wouldn’t look the same on me. . . mostly because I don’t have that figure.  I decided to make myself a t-shirt using the same concept.

Be impressed.  It’s very hard to take a photo of yourself in the mirror when you are sucking it in as hard as you can.

This project cost me less than $5.  I bought a package of Rit Dye for $1.99 and a clearance man’s white T for $2.49.

I mostly followed the directions on the box but tweaked it a bit to get the look I was wanting.

Clean out your sink and add about two gallons of hot water.  Pour half the dye packet into the water.

Hang onto the top of the t-shirt and dip your WET t-shirt into the dye up to the armpits.  Swish it a bit while keeping it in the water for a couple of minutes.  Don’t over swish or you will get wave marks in the t-shirt.  See my mistake!

Add half of the dye that is left in the packet to your water and dips about halfway down.

Keep in the water, swishing a bit, for a few minutes.  Add the last of the packet and dunk just the end into the water.  Swishing will keep the dye from making a solid line.

At this point, I realized I didn’t quite care for the white-white with the teal so I filled up the sink almost to the top with water to really dilute the dye.  I dunked the entire shirt for about a minute and then pulled out.  Ring it out and put in a garbage bag on your counter to dry out for a few hours.

It will still be very damp but that’s okay.  You will start to rinse the shirt in hot water, gradually adding cold until the water is cold and is running clear from your shirt.

Toss into the washer with a load of something you don’t care about (towels, in my case) and wash with laundry soap.  It will fade. . . a lot.  I believe that leaving it the dye longer will make the color darker but I wasn’t looking for anything too dramatic.

If I do it again:

1.  I’d be more careful when dying it so that I didn’t wish too much.  There’s a weird spot right around the boobs where it splashed up.
2.  I would probably leave the shirt in the dye a little longer.  I wanted something sort of muted with this color because teal can get very bright very fast.  I would love to do a denim blue color that fades to white.

T-Shirt Refashion: Dyed and Cut

Remember how I said that I got out the sewing machine?  I got it out because I had a t-shirt that I really wanted to take in.  I bought it online through JC Penney and it was too big.  It made me look dumpy.  Since I’m six foot tall and wear a size fourteen, I usually look dumpy and I don’t need any additional help.  I had intended on returning it.

Four months later, I pulled it out from beside my nightstand where I had placed it to take to the store the next time I was going.  I hadn’t gone.  At all.  (The last time I was at the mall was 2012.)  It was too late to send it back so I really had nothing to lose if the altering didn’t work.

I was dying a t-shirt of my daughter’s that had some bleach stains on it, so I decided to toss this in with it.  I wasn’t a fan of the gray.  It looked a lot better on the store model than it looked on me.  This is what I started with:

After I dyed it, I washed it and dried it to set the color.

I flipped it inside out and then laid a t-shirt that fit me well (and gave me some shape) over the top, lining up the neckline.
Here’s where I should have pinned.  But, because I’m lazy, I didn’t.  I used a sharpie to draw the outline of my good shirt onto my dumpy shirt.

I then sewed the line. Use a loose stitch because if you have to unpick it, it will take FOREVER if you do a nice, tight stitch. If it fits, sew the line again, this time with a zig-zag.  I do this so that it has a bit of stretch to it since it’s a t-shirt. Trim the excess fabric and you have a better fitting t-shirt!

I am actually thinking I can wear this with a pair of khakis for work.  We shall see. . . I am going to show it to my daughter (who has a LOT more fashion sense than I do) and see what she thinks!

Cracked Marble Jewelry

We visited the Marble Factory over spring break and watched the artists make some homemade marbles.  That was incredibly educational but WAY out of my creative league.  Perhaps someday when the kids aren’t around and open flames aren’t tempting fate.

I did purchase some neat marbles and a few odd shapes.  I turned them into cracked marble jewelry.

Cracking your marbles is quite easy but here’s my disclaimer.  The marbles get hot.  Really, really hot.  Don’t touch them.  Don’t burn yourself.  Don’t let kids touch them.  Don’t let kids play around them.  If you get hurt or burned or something else bad happens, don’t blame me.  I warned you.  Be smart!

And on with it!  Take your selection of marbles, with a few extras, and put them on a cookie sheet.

Put them in a 450-degree oven for 20 minutes.  Yes, 450 degrees.  Yes, 20 minutes.  They will be HOT!

Take them out but DON’T TOUCH THEM.  Immediately dump them all into a bowl full of ice water.  You will hear sizzling and crackling.  Resist all temptation to pull one out and look.  It’s still hot!!!  Leave in the bowl for at least ten minutes.

After the time is up, carefully drain the water and test a marble.  It should be cooled but MAKE SURE.  They should be cracked on the inside!  The outside will still be smooth but the inside is webbed with little and big cracks!

Make sure to inspect all your marbles.  I had a nice variety of round and flat marbles.  Some of the flat marbles had cracks on the inside that went all the way from top to bottom (or side to side!)  You want to take those out of the mix because they are weaker than you want them to be.  You only want marbles that the cracks don’t go all the way down.

Gather a few supplies to make your jewelry.
I grabbed my pliers (round nose, nippers, and regular pliers), some headpins, a few bead caps and my E6000 glue.  I use E6000 glue and it’s great stuff. . . . I’ve only had it fail once (sorry Claire!).

You will want to make some tops for your marbles.  First, put a headpin through a bead cap with the pin extending through the top.  Bend it at a 90-degree angle.
Take your round nose pliers and add a little loop right at the 90-degree bend.

Grab your loop with your round nose pliers and use the regular pair of pliers to grab the long end of the wire.  Wrap it around the base of the loop several times.  Your end will get mangled but that’s okay.

Straighten your loop with the pliers. . . .

And clip the end.  Now you have a top for your marble.
Use the E6000 glue and put a small dollop inside the cap.  Place the cap on the marble and hold for a few minutes.  It should be set enough that you can put it down after that.

E6000 glue takes about 48 hours to cure.  You can either wait for it to be cured or do what I do. . . I put the jewelry together and then wait for it to be cured before wearing it.

To put the jewelry together, either add a snap bail to the piece to make it a pendant…
. . . . or add ear wires to turn it into earrings.  They are a little heavy but not too bad.
You can also add a regular glue on bail to larger pieces to make pendants.  Use the E6000 glue and glue the pad to the wrong (flat) side of the marble.

This is probably the easiest way to make your jewelry!  Add a chain and you are done!
If I do it again:

1.  I would do a few more of the large, flat marbles.  I love this huge pendant!