By Max McCool
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This month, we're going to cover some of the finer points of dyeing. Dying with electrical tape and hot glue are cool effects, and when combined with a cool color combination can really make a sweet stick.
Dye-O-Meter rating: Advanced level - But Everyone Can Try It!
- White Head
- 3 Colors RIT dye, Evening Blue, Fuchsia and Yellow
- Big Pot
- Turkey Tray
- Roll of Electrical Tape
- Exacto Knife
- Glass/Smooth Surface to cut the tape on
- Hot Glue gun
- Goo Gone
- Creativity and Patience
Step 3: The Fade
To see what color I would end up with, and also to save a little time, I threw the fuchsia dye in the same pot that the yellow water was still in. What I ended up with was basically a red. I also faded this color, leaving a section of orange in the middle of the stick. If you wanna leave anything yellow or fuchsia, just put on more tape on the yellow or fuchsia after you dye it.
Step 4: Prep for the Final Blue
Now we have a nice 2 color fade job. This is cool enough on itís own, but props to Steve Moore for the idea of the Tequila Sunrise. (2002 Dye Contest Winner) So like Moore, weíre gonna sling on some hot glue and throw it in another color. There are a couple things to think about here. Pick a color that mixes well with the two colors you already have. A green to purple fade will result here when weíre done. Think about stuff you want light blue, and take off the tape where you have it (if itís still covering white stick) Otherwise, the blue will mix with whatever color is there to make something different.
By moving some of my dots around up top, I can keep some white, some yellow, and have the part that was white to become light blue. I completely took off the raindrops on the corner, because, well, raindrops are blue. Remember to whip out the hair dryer again, and make sure everythingís on there securely. If itís not, you can always try and cut out anther piece, but sometimes itís just easier to let it take the chance.
Step 5: The Evening Blue
Step 7: Finishing Up
After the tape is off, throw your head into the freezer for about 30 minutes. This does 2 things. First, it cures the head and locks in the color, keeping it from fading (or at least delaying it). Secondly, it makes all the hot glue you put on become brittle, and easier to snap off. If your fingernails work, go for it. If the glue is being stubborn, try the back of a butter knife. Also, if the glue starts to get soft, throw it back into the freezer for few until the glue is hard again. When you get everything off your stick, youíre doneÖ except for the stringing.
When I got this torque it had a nice wide mesh pocket in it, so I decided to throw it back in there. A hanging idea for the top string, and some basic sidewalls and bottom make a nice pocket. I just left the shooting strings how they came. Thatís it! Throw it on a shaft and youíre ready to go.
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