Monday, March 26, 2012

Chandeliers and Tea!

So many shades of this beautiful hue.
To me, though, the softest shades are my favorite.
Don't get me wrong! I grew up in the 80's so back then
it was Neon, all the way!

I must be settling down in my old age. :)

I'm going to share my technique of Tea dying with a hint of Rit.
Tea dying is no new thing, but it's fun (for me) to see how other people do it.
As I was working on my shades, I was thinking about Organic dye. I think I am going to experiment with plants and flowers, later in the Spring. I wonder if my gorgeous Red Roses will or could produce the shade I like...
Things are just starting to bud now so we'll have to wait a few weeks.

My inspiration:

White Shades:

A Teapot:

Some Raspberry Tea (for a hint of pink):

Petal Pink Rit Dye:



Slowly rotate:


I lined a roasting pan with paper towels this time.
The second time, the boys were sleeping so I could
 set them outside on the lawn to dry
~ Pink vs. White~


Embellished with Silk Rosettes:

These embellished shades were lacking.
The Chandelier was adorned with beautiful Pink
 Irridescent Glass Pearls.... 

I made a new dye bath with a tad more pink added

It made all the difference in the world!

My mixture:

4 cups boiling water
4 Tea Bags
Rit Dye
(for lighter shades, I used a teaspoon. For darker, I used
1 tablespoon)
**Dip a white paper towel (just a corner, folded over) to test your shade.

Adjust as needed: Add more water for lighter or more dye for darker.
Remember, it will dry just  a tad lighter.

I dry on either a baking sheet lined with paper towels or outside on the lawn.
I'm looking forward to making more of these Chandeliers
 in more vibrant colors as well as Black and White.

I love making them!

On this weeks agenda:
Fancy Burlap and Tulle pillows
Treasure Hunting!

Happy Monday to you!!

xo, Amber


LizzieD said...

Those are beautiful!!!

I just noticed a different date for the June Vintage Marketplace. On mammabellarte's website it says it's June 3rd & 4th???

cestMoi Sandy said...

Hi Amber!
I found you!
I have been searching for your business card all weekend!
Love your blog.
Thank you for the tuto on the tea dye and rit.
I had been struggling with just the tea. And it washed right out!

I had an e-mail in draft for you I'll send it to you now that I have found your card AND the right Amber.

have a great week!


I would also love to be your newest follower (lol)

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Absolutely the most perfect pink ever! Your Chandelier is beautiful.

Amber said...

You need a "chandy" in your space for The Vintage Marketplace, Ms. Pansy Cottage Girl! ;)
(I gotcha covered!)

Judy said...

Awesome blog post, Amber! Love this! I bought dye a couple of weeks ago and haven't used it yet. Will get busy on it soon. Love the shades in that soft pink!

sandra said...

Ooooh La Laaaaaaa! That is so stinkin' pretty Amber and I love your method :)) Happy Spring!