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Fabric Gradient Dye Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Fabric Gradient Dye Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay
At last, the long awaited Gradient Dyeing Tutorial! I'm sorry it took so long to make, but here you go!

I've had a lot of practice with this method, and this is the formula that works best for me, so I hope it can help you dye your fabric with ease. Fabric dyeing is actually one of my favorite parts about costuming, so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any - I'll be glad to answer them!

Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and FireLilyCosplay.com.
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Fabric Gradient Dye Tutorial by *FireLilyCosplay Suggesters Words: I personally have struggled with the woes of dying fabric, and I think cosplayers everywhere will agree with me that this is an extremely helpful tutorial. The steps are clear and the results are even more promising. Hats off to *FireLilyCosplay for sharing this with us! ( Suggested by simonsaz3 and Featured by shelldevil )
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DangerSounds Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could i take a spray bottle of the dye and spray it on the fabric to get a gradient effect too?
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FireLilyCosplay Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure!
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LivingVenom Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm working on a project in which I need a white-to-pink gradient for a necktie. If I bought a white silk necktie, do you see any reason I would have a problem doing so?
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FireLilyCosplay Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nope.  Just follow the dyeing directions for silk fabric.
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lenalee87 Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a question! Is it possible to dye in translucent materials? I'm planning to make Shana from Legend of Dragoon but having problems with her gradient wings :(
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FireLilyCosplay Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Depends on what you mean by translucent. You cannot dye anything made of plastic - you would have to paint it. If you are using a sheer fabric like organza/organdy/voile, you have to use silk/cotton/rayon/nylon - polyester is hard to dye unless you use polyester dye or ink.
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What about washing costume or clothing pieces afterwards, have you ever had to worry about it dying other clothes? Or do you wash them alone?

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FireLilyCosplay Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I haven't ever had a problem washing dyed fabrics. Just make sure it is cold water and hang dry. In general, I recommend only washing costumes by hand anyway.
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Zephyros-Phoenix Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Will thread be dyed as well?
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FireLilyCosplay Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If it is mostly cotton or silk, yes. Polyester thread will not dye.
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