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There are two types of silk 'paint'; iron-fix and steam-fix. Iron-fix are great for beginners as they don't require a complicated process in order to fix the colours to the silk. The paints bond to the silk and can be blended and diluted to create different effects. When the painting is finished it can be ironed on the reverse and it's done. However, because it only bonds to the silk, your silk will lose some of its lustre and will feel slightly stiff. For this reason it is not so good to use on scarves.

Steam-fix dyes penetrate the playsilks deeply and leave it soft and lustrous. A wider variety of colours and textures can be achieved by using alcohol, salt, sugar etc. However, the silk needs to be steamed in order to fix the colours - this can be a fairly arduous process unless you have invested in a professional silk steamer (currently about £600). Several people offer a steaming service which can be useful if you are serious about using steam-fix dyes, and it is possible to steam small pieces yourself if you are careful (be prepared for a lot of failures before you get the formula right!).
  Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 3:18:38 AM

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