Here’s a “life-hack” for you.
Apparently concentrated Kool-Aid can be used as a pretty effective leather dye.
I was making a drink while cutting the snaps off some new straps for my pauldrons and I got curious, so I tried it, thinking, “ok even if this works, it will just wash out.”
It took the “dye” (undiluted) in about 3 seconds. After drying for about an hour and a half, it would not wash off in the hottest tap-water. It would not wash out after soaking for 30 minutes.
It did not wash out until I BOILED it, and even then, only by a tiny bit and it gave it a weathered look that was kind of cool.
Add some waterproofing and I’d wager it would survive even that.
That rich red is only one application too.
Plus it smells great, lol.
So there you go, cheap, fruity smelling leather dye in all the colors Kool-Aid has to offer.
this may be important to some of my followers *and certainly not just getting reblogged because of my costuming and my boyfriends desire for leather armor*
When I was in middle school we used to use it to dye our hair. Potent stuff.
If you’re dying anything with kool-aid it’s best to use SUGAR-FREE ones otherwise the thing you’re dying might get all sticky
the flavor only packets where you are supposed add sugar are the best.
they will dye any natural fiber: leather, wool, cotton, hair, flax, jute, silk and so forth.
heat the dye water so it is more potent.
let dry then rinse excess out in cold water.
there’s a whole system to this.
Oh my god
This will prove very useful for any future cosplays I wanna do.
I get that this is a cool life hack for cosplayers etc but are Americans not concerned that there is a drink in your country that can literally dye leather reasonably permanently because idk if it’s just me being from somewhere else but I’d be concerned about the fact you are putting something like that into your bodies
I mean yeah, but it’s in concentrate compared to how it’s prepared as a beverage; you use only a few spoonfuls of water compared to a few liters, and that few liters is multiple servings. It doesn’t taste that great in concentrate either.
There are also natural foods capable of dyeing natural fiber that are probably not great to eat if you concentrate the pigment aspect of it down to being usable as a functional dye.
raspberry jam will dye leather don’t be a ninny