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This page and the pages under it give instructions on Dyeing Processes for materials used in Tying Flies

SPECIAL DYES FOR FLY-TYERS

GREEN OLIVE
 MEDIUM OLIVE
BROWN OLIVE
GOLDEN OLIVE
DARK OLIVE
OLIVE DUN
DUN
MOLE
GREY
BLUE DUN
{SLATE)
BEIGE
IRON BLUE
GINGER
SUMMER DUCK
FIERY BROWN
CINNAMON

SIENNA
DARK BROWN
BLACK
 BRIGHT YELLOW
 YELLOW (G
OLDEN)
 HOT ORANGE
 SCARLET
RED
 CRIMSON
LT. CLARET
 DK. CLARET
 MAGENTA

PURPLE
 KINGFISHER
 LT.
BLUE  {Cambridge)
BLUE (Teal & Blue)
  DK. BLUE
BRIGHT GREEN
 DK. GREEN
 INSECT GREEN
 GREEN HIGHLANDER

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

First 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.

Dissolve 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).

BLACK & DARK SHADES SHOULD HAVE A MUCH STRONGER DYE BATH AND PRO RATA MORE VINEGAR.

Put in feathers to be dyed and return to the boil and simmer gently keeping the feathers moving all the time.

All 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. Goose 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.

To 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.

These 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.

 

 

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