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Old 07-09-2019, 07:26 PM
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I started to make batik t-shirt.
Made a pretty cool pattern. I have used fluid golden paints. Turned out pretty nice but can't get all the wax out.
I had forgotten to b put some newapaper in-between the front & back of the shirt & now have what looks like greasy marks on the back. I tried ironing it again (no effect) & washing it hasn't done anything for it
Any suggestions?
I'm including a pic of back of shirt.
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:55 PM
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Re: Batiking questions

Try covering the wax with baking soda, letting the soda absorb the oily part. Maybe overnight. Then try the ironing with a towel under the fabric and a couple layers of paper towels between the fabric and the iron. Crossing my fingers for your success. Tho' having washed it, you may have set the stain.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:49 PM
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Re: Batiking questions

When I did batik, to remove the wax I put it in a pot of boiling water with laundry soap stirring it around for a bit and remove and wring out and rinse with warm or hot water. Do not dump the water down the sink!
I had special rubber gloves which I wore with wool knit gloves inside. The gloves were designed for doing this kind of thing.
Note what I did was traditional batik. You don't seem to be doing that because you haven't dyed this shirt so boiling it may ruin the front.
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Re: Batiking questions

If worse comes to worse, you could use the front for a tote or a pillow.

I'd love to see the front!
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:52 AM
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Re: Batiking questions

thank you all for the suggestions. I will start trying them.
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:57 AM
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Re: Batiking questions

Thanks everyone. I got the wax out.

I did put it into simmering water. Stirred it til I saw what looked like grease in the water. Took it out, rinsed & dried. No more greasy wax blooms.

One small area where the paint was already light had lighted up some. I can add more paint there. Now I know to no or go too lightly
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:18 PM
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Congrats, that's great. Can we see the art on the shirt?
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:46 PM
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I am glad it all worked out!
Batik is a challenging art form. I loved it because it always pulled a fast one that I had to get creative to fix.
Unfortunately I became allergic to all its components when I hit menopause.
I am looking forward to what you have done.
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Old 07-25-2019, 10:56 AM
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Re: Batiking questions

Sorry it took so long to get this up. It wouldn't upload from my phone, so had to get to a computer again.

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Lovely colours.
Thank you for showing it.
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Wonderful! Thanks for showing us. Have you given up on batik or are you going to try it again?
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:05 PM
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Re: Batiking questions

I'm definitely trying more now that I know what I need to do.
I have been doing it on greeting cards to good effect. I've actually sold several of those at the local gallery.
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I've heard of people taking batiked items to the dry cleaner to get the wax out, as well... I assume it works, if they're recommending it (I've never done batik-- though I've always wanted to-- so I couldn't tell you for sure from personal experience).
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