|undyed grizzly, cream and grey pelts|
|Pro Chemical dyes|
If you want a bright feather color, I recommend cream, white or palest silvers. If your feathers are dingy or greasy, brighten them up and clean them with some diaper white detergent. Do a practice batch on cheap feathers to figure out the ratios. It is possible to burn feathers with diaper white and dye. The feathers will become curly and stiff, crunchy and brittle if they are burned.
To dye feathers, you will need:
1 metal stock pot (that is dedicated to use for dyeing)
sink and running water
powdered dye ( 1-5 TB for half a pot of water amount varies by color, feather quantity and water amount)
hair dryer with
gloves or REDURAN (to avoid coloring hands or removing color from hands)
a dye journal to write down the ratios so you can repeat any results
DYE THE FEATHERS
|Pelts simmers in red dyebath|
You can dye 2-3 pelts at a time. Gently simmer the pelts for 5 minutes to soften the skins, using tongs to stir the feathers and keep them submerged and then remove from heat and set aside for 10 more minutes. It is possible to put the vinegar in the simmering dye bath, but it is too smelly for me so I use it during the rinsing.
RINSE THE FEATHERS
Put on gloves and use tongs to pick the feathers up out of the cooled dye. If you plan to use the dye for another batch, squeezed the dye liquid out of the pelts back into the pot. Now place the wet pelts into the vinegar/water solution and agitate to rinse to release the dye from the feathers. Let soak for a few minutes and agitate again.
|Pelt being rinsed in vinegar/water solution|