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*** The official and awesome DIY thread ***

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by sipang, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. MGHM

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    Do you still wear these?
    If so, what do they look like now?
     
  2. Rommel

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    Yeah, I wore them throughout the summer and the paint is wearing off in areas of stress and the red is showing through, just as I was hoping for. I didn't use "crackle" type paint so they don't crack like the MMM versions.
     
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  3. fireflygrave

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    So here's a kind of weird question: what would happen if I rit-dyed brand new raw denim jet black? Would the dye take at all?
     
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    Sure, you will have black pants.

    Unlike black jeans, both the warp and the weft will be black.

    Also, I am not sure, but does RIT have the best black? IIRC, their black is fairly blue (and you are doing it over dark blue denim presumably), so your pants might not end up looking black in sunlight..more of a really dark blue.
     
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    So, the effect of both the warp and weft being black... would that just mean the pants will fade differently?

    Any recs for a better true black fabric dye? I have a couple things that need it.
     
  6. ghdvfddzgzdzg

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    I bought an iDye brand black thru ebay for the jean-dying project I posted about last year in this thread. I think it was the "gunmetal" color but I'm not sure. I liked how it turned out--black.

    But actually a lot of black jeans have a black warp and weft. Levi's, for example.

    I think the dye will take. Hard to say about fade changes though. It could look like the "black overdye" indigo jeans you see around. My DIY black jeans have faded in spots to their original gray color and I like it a lot.
     
  7. fireflygrave

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    Cool. I need some tougher jeans for studio and woodworking but I'd like to be able to wear them around as well. Figured I might try those secondnarrow j-cuts but I don't like wearing indigo jeans. Unfortunately it looks like they're sold out so the hunt continues.
     
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    Here's another question about dyeing: I have a canvas backpack with canvas straps. Is there any way to tell whether it's been finished in some way that prevents dyeing or staining? And how long would the dye bleed if it did take? I don't want to turn it black only to find I can't carry any papers or anything in it.
     
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    sorry, i don't know. dying is always a crapshoot.
     
  10. Surferbruce

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    Get something better than Rit unless you want purple-grey jeans
     
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  11. troika

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    Ok lots of questions.

    Hard to tell if the black dye will take to indigo. I just tried dyeing some faded black jeans to make them inkier black, but it didn't really work.

    Secondnarrow is cool, but for that price, why not get some BBS jcuts?

    Some canvas backpacks are coated in wax. You'd be able to tell. If it's raw canvas, it should dye just fine. Just follow the instructions based on fabric content. The more nylon, the more vinegar you should use
     
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    Man, if you know where to get BBS j-cuts or anything like that with heavy denim for $250, you let me know. Never seen those under $600 even on deep discount.
     
  13. troika

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    First time working with leather, and I got about 9sq ft of lamb in distressed black. I ordered it online and the store promised a thick 2oz, but it's only about the thickness of a dime. I'm not sure what to make out of it as I originally bought it for a tote bag.

    Leather is very soft and pliable... Wouldn't mind a jacket out of it.

    Any ideas?

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. fireflygrave

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    if you still want a bag you could consider making a canvas lining, might give it some more structure
     
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    Bruhhhh lemme at that
     
  16. troika

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    WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS STUFF??
     
  17. jwalterweather

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    Make a knockoff MA+ accordion wallet. Amazing, detailed instructions from @fireflygrave spoliered below (from an earlier post in this thread).
     
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  18. canstyleace

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    if you're ok with pattern making I'd take a stab at an unlined raw edged/hemmed moto jacket

    alternatively I'd do something similar to a soloist jacket, whereas I'd take an existing well fitting cotton, blend or linen jacket or shirt-jacket and I'd stitch leather panels over the fabric, preferably the jacket would be a lighter color to give some contrast as it "peaks" through in between the leather panels, this is totally doable as long as you're ok stitching leather, you can make the panels by recreating the existing ones on the jacket or breaking them up as you please over each area

    or just do a big slouchy tote or a big over the shoulder sling bag
     
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  19. troika

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    This is cool, not a bad first project.

    Jacket is miles ahead of where I'm at. Might try the bag, but my leather is about the same thickness as@fireflygrave @fireflygrave 's.

    Will it be able to handle something like this? http://howdidyoumakethis.com/simple-leather-tote-bag/
     
  20. noob in 89

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    You could do something like an eeeevil version of the Levi's boxing bag?
     
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