If you aren't familiar with soy wax or want a refresher, I wrote a blog that included all of the supplies needed. It also included two videos where I used soy wax on silk. Here is the link. If you'd just like to see the video, here it is.
Ice dyeing is a bit different with soy wax because the fabric must be dry. The first step is to soda ash soak the fabric. In regular ice dyeing, that wet fabric would then be put on the dyeing rack ready for the ice. However, since the soy wax will dissolve in water, the fabric must be dry before you start this process.
After the fabric has been soaked in the soda ash water for 30 minutes, remove and hang to dry.
Once it is dry, you can lightly iron the fabric if it is too wrinkled for you.
Now it's time to get the soy wax out. For this example I used a paint brush to make my marks. You can make marks with a variety of objects. I really like to use potato mashers.
Once the wax dries, which only takes a couple minutes, lightly scrunch it up and set on the rack inside of the dyeing pan.
Then sprinkle on the dye.
And after a 24-hour batch, here is my fabric.
And another one.
And a couple more.
If you've not tried marrying ice dyeing with soy wax, I sure hope you'll try it.
Next week is about another resist we can use with ice dyeing. I'll also be talking about this month's giveaway. I hope to see you then.