With a Little Help from Marine Friends! Маленькие Помощники

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This is a sea shore not far away from the place where I live. This is the part of the Northern Black Sea coast where the ground is loamy and beaches are sandy. Walking on the beaches here you’ll see lots of green balls among sea shells and sponges. These are soft to touch and very light weight. The first time I saw them I thought they were some kind of sea creatures, or something. But shacking a dry one in my hands I heard a distinct sound from something rolling inside, so I figured it was not alive and I went ahead and cut the ball in half. It was a pond scum felted around a small rock! Filamentous alga which is in plenty in the sea apparantely catches around small rocks and by rolling back and forth upon the sea bottom near the shore felts into perfectly shaped balls. Not to forget the weakly alkaline reaction of both alga and sea water. 

Did anyone ever think of building a felting accessory powered by the sea motions? Anyway, this can make one engaging engineer puzzle. 

Okay, where are we? Yes, that day I got to the beach having left my vessels for the sea water which made it impossible for me to bring back some water for dyeing. I was walking as usually thoroughly enjoying sea breeze and minding my steps, when a sudden idea crossed my mind. Of course!

So, I picked up as much of these balls, as I could with a strong intent to introduce them into the dyeing bath! And an expectation that they would enhanсe the dyeing result, based upon a well-known fact that alga in general consist of 50-89% water, as well as other good stuff.

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Okay, the test is done! The results speak for themselves: vivid, bright colors; normally a rather neutral sycamore leaves yielded nice green, and in general the print came out quite lively…

This is rather an outline of perspective potential, than any articulated final conclusion; here is a huge room for further and deeper study in this regard. Which is no intentions of mine at present.

Yet, I am satisfied with the fact that I have managed to diversify my results from natural dyeing by means of engaging simple and plain things taking from under the  feet right from the ground. How nice is that?


На песчаным пляжах побережья Северного Причерноморья, у самой кромки воды в большом в изобилии, среди ракушек и губок, встречаются забавные зеленые шары, мягкие наощупь и легкие. Если надрезать и заглянуть вовнутрь, то там можно обнаружить один или несколько маленьких камешков, вокруг которых морская тина, т.е. нитчатые водоросли, сбились в своеобразный войлок. Вот вам самое настоящее валяние морем! Но речь не о нем.

Оказавшись на пляже без емкостей для воды, я решила обратиться к другим ресурсам. Шары собрать и унести было значительно проще без специального оборудования, а камней у меня в мастерской уже предостаточно. Что ж, на этот раз пришла очередь шаров поучаствовать в опыте.

Морская вода представляет собой эффективное средство подготовки тканей к натуральному крашению. Морские растения содержат около 50-89% воды в виде растворов солей, но этим их состав не ограничивается.

Легко предположить, что добавив шары из водорослей в красильную ванну, можно рассчитывать на усиление эффекта от крашения.

Дело сделано. Результаты теста обнадеживают: четко, сочно; яркие цвета; даже обычно нейтральные листья платана проявились хорошим зеленым! Хорошо. Это, конечно, только намек на потенциальные возможности, здесь есть, безусловно, куда копать глубже.

Меня же на этом этапе радует возможность получить дополнительное разнообразие эффектов от крашения, применяя совершенно банальные вещи, которые буквально валяются под ногами! Как вам такое?

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