ENTRY #22    Submitted by Erik

For this dye I wanted to do something for the organization I play for (Juan de fuca). I used a Gait Icon that broke and then taped and glued back together, I chose the RIT dye colors; kelly green, dark green, white (the base color) and black. The first thing I did was cut up some electrical tape into words, shapes, and whatever and stuck it onto the inside of the head. then I glue gunned the outside in a splatter type design.

then in dyed it kelly green and put more electrical tape and glue on it, to keep the areas that I wanted green. After that I dyed it dark green and put more electrical tape and glue on it. What I was aiming for was a splatter pattern on the outside with three colors, and a design that was original on the inside. Then I dyed it black and removed the glue and tape to get the finished product. I made sure I didn't remove any glue or tape during the process so the colors wouldn't blend together.

ENTRY #23 Darkfaderr    Submitted by John

First I washed off the dirt and stuff. It wasn't a new head (Warrior Warpath). Second, I dyed the bottom of the head black/dark purple, then I faded it into a light purple and then white. After that I used a hot glue gun to make the speckels, and dyed it a light pink. After I pealed off all the glue and I was done dyeing. After that I pinched the head, by putting it in the oven, and finally I strung it. My parents helped me not make a mess everywhere and ruin the furniture. I call it Darkfaderr.

ENTRY #24 Mourning Glory    Submitted by Joe

First I purchased star stickers and put them on the bottom half of the head so that I can begin with a yellow dye and white stars. The overall effect that I was going for was a sunny mourning to a dark night, such as the sunrise. After that, I dyed the entire head yellow, I added more stars to the middle of the head and dyed the second half a light red. Lastly, I added the final display of stickers and dyes the top portion of the head a dark purple to symbolize the night.

ENTRIES #25 & 26    Submitted by Spencer

I used three colors: Blue, Red, and Purple. It took 3 nights. I used hot glue for the design. On the second head, I dyed the head red, then black. I used hot glue for the scattered design.

ENTRY #27 Patriotic Splatter    Submitted by Gary

I used a reverse splatter technique to dye my clutch. First I used tape and hot glue to seal the inside except where it says perk on the scoop. To write perk on the scoop I used the outside of the waterproof letters I used to write perk on the sidewalls. Next I wrote perk on the bottom part of both the sidewalls with the waterproof letters. Then I put hot glue all over the head to get the splattered look. I mixed up the red rit dye and put the head in for about an hour. Once I took it out and dried it off I took all the glue and tape off. Then I resealed the entire inside of the head. On the outside I put more waterproof lettering in the same spot and I put the got glue where there was red dye and left the white parts unsealed for the most part. Then I put it in the navy rit dye for about an hour. After I took the glue off it was good to go.

ENTRY #28    Submitted by Simon

Hey I decided to enter my checker dyed Warrior Stiffi in the 2008 Dye Contest. Basically, it is a Stiffi with a solid black outside and a navy blue and black checker design on the inside. I call it... the Checker Dye. Here it is:

Now what I did for this dye was first clean my head to remove any grime and dirt that had been on there from half a season of playing. This way, I made sure that the dye could penetrate the plastic. Then came the time-consuming part. In order to get the checker design, I cut out little squares of electrical tape and neatly stuck them onto the head. This took about 3-4 hours, which I spent in front of the TV. Heres a picture of the head with the tape on:

Now came the fun part. I went out to the store with my dad and bought 2 packets of black RIT dye and 1 packet of navy blue RIT dye. My mom let me use one of her giant pots which I could easily fit my whole head into. I filled the pot with enough water to cover my head, and let it boil on a stove (with adult supervision, of course). Since it was such a large pot, it took around 15 minutes to boil. While it was boiling, I put in both packets of black RIT dye. Then I turned off the stove and immediately put my head into the simmering black dye. I left it in there for 5-10 minutes to get a nice, solid black color. I then took it out with a dowel rod and put it into the sink. I washed off the excess dye with cold water to cure the dye. While the dye was cooling, I removed all the electrical tape so that it was a black and white checkered design. I then proceeded with the navy blue dye. I filled the pot with water, boiled it, and inserted the navy blue dye powder. After the dye turned a solid blue, I inserted the head. However, I have heard numerous accounts of the navy blue dye resulting in a purplish hue, so I took action to prevent this from happening to my beloved dye. I checked the color of the head frequently using the dowel rod, and when I finally got a nice, solid blue, I removed the head and placed it in the sink. I then rinsed off the excess dye and placed the head in the freezer. This was to lock the dye into the plastic. A couple hours later, I took the head out and let it sit for 12 hours on my table until it returned to room temperature. Then I strung it up and was ready to go play some lax!

Now, some of you may be wondering why I chose to do black first and then blue instead of the other way around. Well, if I had done navy blue first, then I would be left with a navy blue and white head, and then I would need to cover the navy blue parts to get the white parts black. So instead, I took a shortcut and dyed it black first. This worked because black dye is darker than navy blue dye, and you cannot dye lighter colors over a darker color. So when I dyed the whole head navy blue, the parts that weren't black would be blue and the black would not be affected. This concept is an important thing to know for any future dyers.

ENTRY #29    Submitted by Tyler

This was my first attempt at dying a head, it's a broken profile I dyed for my friend (to look at not to use…broken) I did it green and gold the colors for the college he's playing at next year. It's called "Fuj" his nickname.

First I striped the inside walls with electrical tape and stenciled his last name on the top, I did a splatter pattern on the outside then sprayed it with pam for a yellow white pattern along with the green to come. I started off with yellow because I wanted a green reverse splatter, after dying it yellow I then covered all the yellow with tape and glue and dyed it green

ENTRY #30 Bartholomew    Submitted by Isaac

I dyed "Bartholomew" to achieve an effect that used principles similar to the confetti method, but looked less "confetti-like". Using the techniques outlined in the Tape Dye Experiment posted on your website in August of 2007, I was able to create something I am extremely happy with. First, I covered the stick in squares of duct tape in varying sizes. After dying it pink, I took the squares off and slapped on more squares that were offset from the originals, and slightly larger in size. The final step was to dye it black, and 7 hours later, I was finished! Taking the original squares off before applying more duct tape helped it look less like a series of boxes. I strung it with pink mesh (was dyed at the same time as the head to ensure a good match) and black strings to compliment the colors of the head. Hope you like it!

August 2008


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