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Topic: Sliding dye tubes with chamois
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (May 20, 2006 03:32PM)
I've seen references to the sliding dye tubes (Al Baker type?) with chamois at the end; tried to do Café and general searches but am not sure I understand what the chamois does. Is it totally blocking one end or partially covering one end so silks can get past? I even see an illustration in my "Lots of Lawton" book and still don't understand what type of tube this is. I thought at first that the tape was made of chamois, but that seems not to be the case. Is anyone familiar with this type?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 20, 2006 03:58PM)
Whether the dye tube is plunger type or tape type, the advantage of chamois is that it should not snag the silk. Do not confuse chamois with garment suede. Garment suede is stained and, if wet, may stain silk. True chamois is goat skin and garment suede is pig skin. Both can be very soft and QUIET! Some dye tubes "talk". Please don't oil them. It will ruin your silks.

Good luck on your research.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (May 20, 2006 04:43PM)
Bob -
Thanks! As the Eloi said to George in "The Time Machine", "It's all clear." The whole thing suddenly made sense to me - now I get the construction and all that.

Thanks to you and everyone who's been helping me figure out a bunch a questions about silk magic recently. I suspect many things are also gonna get become a lot more clear as soon as I receive the Rice Encyclopediae I just ordered (chomping at the bit here) - also will have to make "Through The Dye Tube" an item on my wish list.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 20, 2006 05:45PM)
There is no substitute for Rice's Encyclopediae. I have them all and knew Harold Rice. But my Volume 2 looks like it has had forty miles of hard road. I use it constantly. Rice made a real contribution. We owe him a lot.

Remember to come up for air!

You can make dye tubes your life.

Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (May 20, 2006 06:38PM)
Air, we don't need no air! Just breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeathe in the silk.... There ya' go...
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 21, 2006 08:10PM)
Yep! You're hooked on silk magic.


Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (May 23, 2006 04:45PM)
Rice Encyc. 1-3 & Trimble #4 just arrived - what a great set of books! I like the idea of the Justiniani tube - wonder if they're made any more? If not, I suppose one could make one's own. Love these kind of gems...
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (May 27, 2006 01:36PM)
The Chamois was replaced with heavy felt pad. They are no longer made with the leather circle. Get you Baker dye tubes from Rice magic. They are limited and once gone no more will be made.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 27, 2006 10:34PM)

You can get the leather you seek from Tandy Leather Company on the net or go to a local store. Do make sure that it is really chamois. The other will stain your silks. (Some felt pads will too, if they get wet.)

An odd thing about chamois is that unlike most soft leathers, you can blow cigarette smoke through it! (A common test for real goat skin.)

Tandy used to sell "scrap bags" of chamois with pieces large enough for your uses. It's not as cheap as felt!


Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander