BLUE (Teal & Blue)
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
clean the feathers by soaking in any good detergent (VENPOL for
preference), or quality soap powder for a few minutes, (Waterfowl
feathers must be soaked considerably longer to allow penetration of
the natural oil coating). Rinse in warm water.
the dye in boiling water using a quart of water to about a quarter of
a teaspoon of dye. Stir thoroughly until completely dissolved, then
add one tablespoon full of vinegar (to fix colour).
& DARK SHADES SHOULD HAVE A MUCH STRONGER DYE BATH AND PRO RATA
in feathers to be dyed and return to the boil and simmer gently
keeping the feathers moving all the time.
dyes are a mixture of 3 colours so it is essential to allow all the
colours to penetrate to obtain the desired shade. They do not fix at
the same speed so withdrawing the-feathers too soon could result in
the totally wrong shade. You can get a very good idea of what the
shade will be, by watching the quill or by holding up a single feather
before the light. (Bear in mind feathers appear much darker when wet).
Remove feathers from dye bath and wash in cold water. Press between
cloth or paper to remove most of the moisture.
Shoulders and Swan Shoulders should be placed in a Pillow Case and put
in a Clothes Dryer, at medium heat, allowing them to dry, When they
are taken out, cup them for a day or two and then place in bags. If
feathers are unruly and have not been packaged or stored
properly, sets can be removed by placing over steam or putting
back in pillow case re soaked and dryed again.
bring hackles etc., back to their natural brilliance, they should be
dried with a hair Dryer then placed between a few sheets of Newspaper
for several days and pressed with a book on top of them. Do not
overdry. stem needs some moisture to remain plyable.
directions also apply to furs, wools, etc. For materials that have a
high fat content such as buck tail, and hackle capes we recommend
treatment with A DE-GREASER (sunlight Dish Soap is a good product) before dyeing. This will give you a
much better dye penetration.