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The hoop wire can be dyed using a general all purpose union dye, such as Rit Dye, or acid dyes that can be purchased at Pro Chemical & Dye or Dharma Trading.  

Follow all safety and usage instructions on the dye packaging and website.

We use an electric skillet but you can also use a burner on your stove or outdoor grill.  

  • TEST!!  Cut a small piece of hoop wire to test the amount of time it will take to get the desired result.
  • Wipe hoop wire clean to remove any dirt.  Acetone is a good cleaner.
  • Thread hoop wire on a dye rack.  Dye racks are now available for purchase on www.HoopWire.com.
  • Use enough water so that the hoop wire is completely immersed and allow for evaporation.
  • Heat the water to the desired temperature.  Most Acid dyes can be maintained between 180 and 210F for best results.
  • Add dye and acid (white vinegar or citric acid) according to package directions. Stir. If using a powdered dye, make sure it is completely dissolved.
  • Add hoop wire so that the dye bath flows freely around all surfaces.  
  • Process the hoop wire until it reaches the desired color.  Acid dyes are best for dark colors.  Rit Dye does not work for black.
  • Remove the hoop wire from the dye bath and rinse in an ice bath or cold water.

Please contact us if you have any questions or via email at john@hoopwire.com.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you dyes you have used and your results.

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