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Topic: Coloring Sponge Balls
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (Sep 28, 2011 05:25PM)
Has anyone tried to color sponge balls, such as Goshman supersoft balls? The idea I have is to not necessarily create a new color, but to create balls with a custom shade. The shading only needs to be on the surface, but if it ends up needing to be intrinsic, that would not be a problem. I assume the same types of dye used on silks may work with this. I have tried taking various types and brands of markers to the surface of some of these before, none with the desired results.

Any other ideas on how to go about doing this, or input from those that have done this before (or something similar) would be greatly appreciated.
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 28, 2011 05:41PM)
My diminishing sponge balls are dyed together as a batch so as to match the shade differences between the various sizes.
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I took the product off of the market years ago due to shading differences. The only way to solve it was to have Gosh do the color.
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I tried coloring myself by having Pete White dye a batch of sponges for me. They looked great, but the color kept bleeding whenever they were moist ie: in the pocket, in the hand. I had one sponge ball in my pocket that bled so my pocket lining turned red and my pants lining and white socks.
Maybe rit might work, but the secret is the rinse.
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What are you doing?
If you need dye lot matches, contact me fast, as I am dying a batch this week.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Sep 29, 2011 01:08AM)
I doubt that fabric dye will work on sponge, but you want to try it, set the dye with vinegar.

I never tried sponge, but I once dyed paper with Easter egg dye prepared as on the box. It worked great and I still have the paper spring flowers today. Again, the instructions say to put a little vinegar in with the dye and hot water.