The hoop wire can be easily dyed using a general all purpose union dye, such as Rit Dye, or other fabric dyes that can be purchased at JoAnn's, 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 an electric roaster, 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 available for purchase on HoopWire.com
- Use enough water so that the hoop wire is completely submerged and allow for evaporation.
- Heat the water to the desired temperature. Most Acid dyes can be maintained between 180° and 210° F (82° - 99° C) for best results.
- Add dye and acid (white vinegar or citric acid) or fixative 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 unless used in conjunction with Rit DyeMore.
- Remove the hoop wire from the dye bath and rinse in an ice bath or cold water.
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