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What kind of recipe would I use to dye Rabbit hides and deer tails?
I make fishing lures with them and my wholsaler will no longer sell me full dyed rabbit skins. I have a small bottle of Procion mx dye
150 jet black
cold water dye for natural fibers
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much
-Paul
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[Deleted User] [Deleted User]
Hello Paul,

For best results when dyeing animal fibers we recommend [url="http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/"]Acid dyes[/url]. Acid dyes are formulated to work especially with protein fibers.
You'll find full instructions at the[url="http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/"] Acid dye[/url] page - you would use the instructions for dyeing wool.
You can use Procion MX dyes withsome protein fibers and get good results using the same instructions for dyeing with [url="http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/"]Acid dyes[/url]. I would recommend testing first.
Hope this helps.
anet
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RUBENSANO RUBENSANO
Thank you Anet. I have found a shop here in Wi. that has the acid dye you recommended. Can I substitute vinegar instead of the recommended mild neutral soap that is also sold by Procion? Do these dyes fade if put in water regularly? Thanks again. -Paul jensenjigs.com
Please take a look at my work, its pretty good. Is your work available to look at?
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[Deleted User] [Deleted User]
Hi Paul,

If you are asking about using vinegar as a pre and post wash vs. the [url="http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/chemicals/synthrapol.php"]Synthrapol[/url], yes, you can. However, it won't work to cut the oils as well. If you aren't using [url="http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/chemicals/synthrapol.php"]Synthrapo[/url]l a mild liquid detergent is a perfectly acceptable substitute for prewashing. The benefit of using [url="http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/chemicals/synthrapol.php"]Synthrapol[/url] in the post wash is its ability to isolate excess dye as you are washing post dyeing and therefore reduces the possibility for back-staining.
If you are asking about using vinegar in the Acid dye bath - it is in fact the recommended choice.
I spent some time at your website - makes me want to take up fishing! or at least collecting lures. I know there are other folks out in the world using our dyes on their feathers and fur for flys, but I don't think I've ever seen lures like yours.
anet
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