How to dye feathers

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How to dye feathers
You can't dye feathers in the washing machine. (Brian Maudsley/iStock/Getty Images)

You can dye feathers for crafts projects or to make your own fashion statements. Dying feathers is a challenge because you cannot boil them. They need to be dyed at room temperature for the best results. The following steps will show you the best way to dye feathers at room temperature with acid dyes.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Boiling water
  • 1 tsp of PRO WashFast Acid Dye
  • 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • Feathers
  • Wax paper

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  1. 1

    Wear rubber gloves to avoid skin contact with the dye mixture. Wear goggles to avoid any of the mixture getting into your eyes which could cause eye injury.

  2. 2

    Boil a small amount of water for the dye mixture.

  3. 3

    Dissolve 1 tsp of PRO WashFast Acid Dye in the color of your choice into 1 or 2 tsp of the boiling water.

  4. 4

    Add more hot water after the acid dye is dissolved. You'll need to add enough to make 118 ml (1/2 cup) of dye. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature.

  5. 5

    Add 118 ml (1/2 cup) cup of rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol. Mix with a metal spoon.

  6. 6

    Dip a light-colored or white feather into the mixture. Let the feather sit in the mixture as long as it takes to get to the desired color.

  7. 7

    Set the feathers on wax paper and let them air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • The color of the feather will look darker when it is wet and it will get lighter as it dries.
  • To store the acid dye mixture, put it in glass containers or jars with tight-fitting lids.
  • Dip the feather in one color and then dip it into another color to make different color variations.
  • If the feather is too dark, you can't lighten it. However you can re-soak a feather that isn't dark enough. You are better off to be safe and make the feather too light than to get it too dark.

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