The Contact Dyeing with Metal Surfaces

Silk, copper pipe, plant material

The Contact Dyeing with Metal Surfaces indeed results in really nice color combinations on the fabric.

This is a silk fabric rolled over a copper pipe with various plant material, simmered for about hour and a half. The bundle was left for 4 to 6 days to cure.

The Contact Dyeing with metal Surfaces

Silk, copper pipe, plant material

Another silk sample 

Silk fabric, rose leaves, copper pipe

However, there is always a tricky part in the Contact Dyeing with Metal Surfaces. And it is determination of the curing time. As a slow process Eco Dyeing requires the longer time for the better results. But in this particular case the longer time sometimes equals, along with nice color combinations,  holes eaten in the fabric. Silks and light cottons are especially vulnerable to the metal corrosion impact. Well,at this point I have not yet figured out how to get round the fabric damaging and get the same great color effects. 

Corrosion Impact on Silk Fabrik

The corrosion impact on the silk fabric

And a little bit better result:

Contact Dyeing with Metal Surfaces

Silk fabric, various plant material, copper pipe

11 responses to “Observations

  • iaialuna

    In my own experience the humidity level as well as the temperature highly affect how quickly holes come out from my silk bundles… in the middle of the summer just a couple of days are enough to have the silk fabric damaged! As for other aspects related to the “time of curing” issue, I’m more and more convinced that is not that clever to assume the three weeks period as a rule good all over the world. What’s in your opinion dear?
    Last but not least: my compliments! Glad to read of you in your own blog!

    • theimportanceofprocrastination

      Thank you so much for your comment, Sheila! I’m so glad to have you here! I cannot but say that your work is absolutely breathtaking each time I see some of it. You have incredible sense of style. And you are so skillful in terms of the natural dyeing.
      as for the three weeks period, I have not yet found a sufficient proof justifying the necessity of it. By asking this you have almost read my mind, as I’ve been thinking over the time aspect for the past few days. And I have just finished an experiment, and it took me about 3 to 4 hours from rolling the bundle till opening it and I got a most bright colors and some prints. Now I am thinking of how much the initial brightness of the results might be possibly turned down by the overtimed curing period? This longer the better concept of the curing time seems to be taken as a common knowledge, but I feel like it needs serious reconsiderations.

      • iaialuna

        Touched by your words about me and my works, Elena!!! You’re soooo kind! ❤
        As for our discussion here well, the more I deepen natural colours the more I learn that of course general rules and facts and dynamics exist, but how wrong to extend them on the whole things indistinctly! So about time. Not all vegetable materials give their best slowly. And here we can ask: " What's the best in your opinion?" We could find us having different opinions about! Even about the rinsing topic we can't really say always or never to wait for a long time, our choise depending on multiple factors, isn't it? 😉

      • theimportanceofprocrastination

        You’re so right, Sheila!And

        Not all vegetable materials give their best slowly

        these are truly the words of Wisdom! The type of the plant/vegetable material should be considered in the first place to determine the duration in terms of time. And as for the rinsing, to my mind the value of waiting for a long time is much lesser than conducting of the right
        heat setting procedure for the dyes. I am also currently in the middle of comparing the results of the different heat setting methods. It would be great to share and discuss our conclusions/opinions/impressions!
        And yes, there are always multiple factors determining the choices we make, though the goals and tasks pursued are the basic factor.

        I wish I could put this funny face you did, just don’t remember how to do it!

      • iaialuna

        Ready to share our experiences, it will be a great pleasure to me!
        The funny faces… play around with punctuaction marks! 😉

  • Ayn Hanna

    Elena, congratulations on getting your blog set up! You are off and running with it now. These are great photos and I like that you are creating this record of your results and observations. I too am puzzled about the holes, as I have not yet had this happen with my dyeing experiments on silk or cotton. The longest I’ve left my bundles to sit though has only been 11 days. I do know that when using the metals, especially iron, it is always a possibility to get the holes if one waits too long – I guess we have to push the limits and go to far sometimes in order to understand the possibilities!

    • theimportanceofprocrastination

      Thank you, Ayn! This is so great we can communicate via this blog too! Awesome! Thank you for the encouragement!
      See, my metal bundles did not sit longer than 10 days. And here are the holes!
      But , you know, one of my basic principles is DEFECT INTO EFFECT!

  • Judy

    These are lovely photos of your wonderful work…and another great blog post!
    I have not had the hole problem with my silks – even when I use very fine (5mm) habotai! I leave my bundles for 3 weeks, and encounter no holes. I wonder what the difference is?


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