Saturday, December 13, 2008

Copper Swirls
I had this crazy idea, that I could put things under my fabric and add some dye, and I was hoping, really hoping, that the dye would somehow migrate to the object and capture an image of the object on the fabric. This is basically the same as sun printing with fabric paint. I have a large coil of household wire that I periodically strip to use the copper wire for art. That is where the copper swirls came from. My work bench is a glass table, and I didn't think the photo would show the copper very well on the glass, so for the purposes of the photo, I arranged them on top of the white fabric. For the purposes of dyeing, I put them under the cloth. I used soda ash soaked fabric.
Then, I got the fabric wet and tried my best to smooth out the air bubbles. I was not entirely successful because the copper swirls were not bent perfectly flat, and they are rather thick. Then I squirted dye all over the place. I think this piece had turquoise, blue, and fuscia. I really liked the result, and since this was my first experiment, I am envisioning many more experiments!



7 comments:

KarenF said...

I think that turned out quite cool! Thanks for sharing

Beth M said...

really like how this came out. It's great!!

A Beaded Affair said...

Found you through a google search for copper wire. Very cool how this came out.
Lois
http://www.abeadedaffair.com

Valeri said...

What an interesting idea and I like the result.

Margeeth said...

Wow, this looks great. Very clever of you to think this up.

Ann Morrell said...

I don't dye but do paint fabric...am wondering if I over painted a piece of fabric using wire under the cloth and used a spray bottle to spray paint the piece...if it would pool like yours did. Will have to give it a try.

Diana said...

I love the way your spirals came out. Yours look abstract and you can still see that they are spirals. Beautiful results!

I'd like to try this on my first painting on fabric project. Thanks for sharing your inspiring creations.