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    Default Dying Saddle Hackle

    I've got a couple of wet fly saddles in grizzly that I want to dye. Just curious to know what dye and process everyone else uses on their hackle?

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    The cheapest easy way to dye feathers I ever found was with KoolAid. You can mix virtually any color you want and it is seriously permanent. No Joke. If you want to try it I'll give the detailed step by step. It's how I do it.

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    Acid Dyes from Jacquard and Dharma Trading. Not expensive and easy to use. Acid Dyes are made for use with feathers and fur.
    Kool aid will work if they have a colour you want.

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    Do yourself a favor and begin dying materials a little at a time. Pluck out enough feathers to make a nice batch of flies and then after you decide on what dye to use follow instructions carefully. The most important thing I can tell you is do not boil feathers or whole capes a good hot dye bath in a container in your sink will get them done.
    Boiling is reserved for furs and I would advise some experimenting with small chunks of hide before tossing in a large chunk of a valued material so you get the timing down before you go whole hog. I've dyed lots of stuff over the years and I still keep my batches small for purposes of quality control.

    Good luck,

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    Here is an excellent video on dying hackles using Acid Dyes.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQtIPauZQ08]How to Dye Feathers Sunburst with Davie McPhail. - YouTube[/ame]

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    I second the koolaid, its seriously easy, and somewhere on the internet I remebrr seeing a chart that showed what flavors made what colors.

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    I second the koolaid, its seriously easy, and somewhere on the internet I remebrr seeing a chart that showed what flavors made what colors.

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    hope this helps some folks. i've been looking for purple wing quills for some time but to no avail. i'm gonna have a crack at my own using koolaid!
    Eunan



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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    I need some Burnt Orange Grizzly hackle so I can tie up some of Denny Rickards stillwater nymphs.

    Anyone know how to get that color with koolaid?

    Maybe Orange with a little red?

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    Quote Originally Posted by mudbug View Post
    I need some Burnt Orange Grizzly hackle so I can tie up some of Denny Rickards stillwater nymphs.

    Anyone know how to get that color with koolaid?

    Maybe Orange with a little red?
    Orange with a touch of red will give you a bright burnt orange. Test with one feather just in case it does not work.
    Denny uses Jay Fair's burnt orange which is more brownish/earthy in tone if that makes a difference. I use Jacquard's Burnt Orange, sometimes with a touch of brown to dull it down.
    I know nothing about koolaid, other than to drink it Good luck.

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    Default Re: Dying Saddle Hackle

    you might wanna check out funky feathers from feathersmc....great looking stuff, but might not be useful for what you want it for.

    To make burnt orange you need orange and brown
    Eunan



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