A Review of a New Product, OZEPOL from OZECRAFT

Cherie M. Thompson 2006

   
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OZEPOL ~ a dye designed for man made lace and other synthetic embellishments.
For use on ~ Polyester Lace: Buttons: Synthetic Beaded Fringe: Pearls: plus many different synthetic embellishments.

For everyone who embellishes there is a new product is on the market.

Packaged in similar quantities to the well known, much loved, Ozecraft Dyes let me introduce ~~ OZEPOL Dye.

Turn plain embellishments into any range of colors you wish by mixing a drop of one color with another. Simple, easy and fun to use ~ read on!

Colors are: Red, Yellow, Blue, Brown, Green, Mauve and Antique Gold.

Antique Gold, Black & Brown are toners; one choice is to add a drop of a toner to OZEPOL Pink, it will change to Dusty Pink.


An example of pearls before and after dyeing.

Easy to use directions:
Step one before any use is shake the bottle!

Instructions for Microwave:

Equipment needed:

  • Lace by the yard or metre or long strips or wide lace.
  • Heavy plastic jug or microwave safe container with a 1-1.5 litre / 2 pint capacity
  • Eyedropper
  • Measuring cup
  • Plastic carry bag

NOTE: The depth of color will depend on how long the lace is boiled or steeped.

Put 1 teaspoon of undiluted dye into the jug and add 250 mls / 4 oz or half a cup water (this solution will look very weak - the color will intensify with heat).
Enclose in plastic carry bag and loosely tie the top.
Bring to the boil.
Remove from microwave carefully.
Undo the carry bag.
Add the lace you wish to dye.
For a pale shade steep for 1 minute.
For darker shades keep leave the lace in longer and keep checking frequently for the shade desired.
For a much deeper color put the lace into the jug and repeat the original process by placing inside the carry bag, loosely tie the top and return to the microwave - boil for 2-3 minutes or longer.
Remove from dye when you see the desired color
Rinse until water runs clear

It is so easy and such fun to use these dyes. I am going to try using an electric drink /water heater trade marked ?Birko?. Invented in Australia in the 1960s I remember using it to heat my babies bottles and jars of baby food. This timeless gadget will be perfect for heating OZEPOL and for dyeing. They are still available to buy and are often found being sold on eBay. I will report more on that method in the next issue.

Stove Top Instructions

  • Equipment needed:
  • Stainless steel or enamel pot - at least 2-litre capacity
  • Eye Dropper.
  • Measuring Cup
Instructions ~
Put 1 teaspoon of dye in the pot
Add 250 mls / 4 oz or half a cup of water - this solution will look very weak - the color will intensify with heat.
Bring to the boil.
Remove from heat
Add the lace you wish to dye
For a pale shade steep for 1 minute
For darker shades keep leave the lace in longer and keep checking frequently for the shade desired.
For a much deeper color put the lace into the jug and repeat the original process by placing inside the carry bag, loosely tie the top & return to the microwave - boil for 2-3 minutes or longer.
Remove from dye when you see the desired color.
Rinse until water runs clear

Clear plastic flower beads dyed in a myriad of colors delicious!

To dye Polyester/Nylon motifs or separate flowers on strips of lace, braid etc:

Heat a small amount of undiluted dye - start with 1 part dye 3 parts water.
Heat in a China or plastic cup or small saucepan to almost boiling point.
Using a brush dab or paint onto the individual flowers, leaves etc.
Dry naturally or with a hand-held hairdryer.

This motif was dyed using the Microwave method size comparison is an Aussie 50 cent piece!

PLEASE NOTE: CARE MUST BE TAKEN AT ALL TIMES TO AVOID CONTACT WITH STEAM.

Experiment! Play Around! Enjoy! Practice!

Additional Tips:

The most economical way to mix the colors is to use an eyedropper and drip the colors into a small container of your choice. Some like to use an ice cube tray but I prefer small screw top bottles, small jars or containers

Dilute OZEPOL with clean tap water.

Write your recipes into your visual journal.

Steep synthetic pearl longer for deeper color.
Synthetic Beaded Fringe (not glass) - Try just 1 bead first to test using 1 part dye with 2 parts water - steep or boil to obtain desired color.
Plastic buttons - steep or boil to obtain the desired color.

OZEPOL is NOT meant for children to use - it is a product for adults.

Keep out of the reach of children!

Resource:

www.ozecraft.com For more information and ordering go to

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