Hi Hi everyone,
I bought batik wax which comes in a tray. I haven't bought the applicator. I have a little slow cooker, and I think it may work to make the wax liquidy.
1. What do you think of the electric applicators and how do you fill the electric applicator with the hard batik wax. Do you break it and stick some in the applicator? And with an electric one, I'm assuming that you wouldn't need a slow cooker or electric fry pan. Is that correct.
2. MORE IMPORTANTLY, When I ordinarily do tie dye - I wait 1/2 a day, then, I just dump it in the cold water washing machine and use a little synthropol; and then dump it in a warm wash with a little synthropol and that works for me.
If I do the Batik resist and then dye it (my preferred is the pole shibori)and leave for many hours, then I have to rinse it (and not use the washing machine because pieces may come off) and that is a pain to rinse, and rinse and rinse and rinse. And then get the batik wax off by your different methods and after the wax is removed; I then wash it in warm water (and I'm assuming I can wash it in the washing machine -- because the wax is gone. Wow - that's a long process; especially the rinsing by hand.
So,question -- can it be done this way?
1. Do the soda ash rinse; and let dry. Do the Batik resist design. Dye the garment however I do - pole, folding, however. Keep the dye on for hours. Then use the Scunci Steamer (this is a hot steam to clean your house) to remove the wax (only I don't know How to remove the liquid wax after the steamer makes it liquidy (that part I don't know). Then handle the dyed garment like I did before (i.e. - washing in cold water with Synthropol; wash in warm water with Synthropol and then dry in dryer).
Use the Elmers school blue gel glue to make the design and let dry -- then dye - does this really work -- or is it just for regular dyeing?
Those are my questions - thank you! yentakaren