Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Iron Mordant or Color Modifier

I use the crystals you can purchase at most basket shops or Dharma Trading Co. I also dye one coil of commercial cane at a time, which weights a little over 4 oz., so I round it to 5 oz. when preparing dye materials.

  1. 1/4 cup of water;
  2. Bring the water to a boil;
  3. Add 3 tsps of Iron crystals, stir well to make sure all the crystals have dissolved;
  4. The resulting mixture is a yellowish/brown liquid, just like you find if you were to put rusty nails or other rusty material into a jar of water and let it sit for several days and this indeed is another way to make iron solutions;
  5. I then added 3 tsps of this Iron Solution to my Pomegranate Dye Pot.

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