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Dyeing deer hair

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Go for it. Ages ago I used Rit Dye to get some orange feathers and bucktail. But Kool Aid sounds...cool. :wacko:


As the author suggests, test with small pieces to make sure you have the hang of it. Who wants to have several lifetime supplies of a color resembling primal ooz? BTW, I once had an oversupply of Magenta neck hackles. Using ordinary bleach, I turned them into white hackles. This would probably work if you Kool Aid colors don't come out right. Let us know how it works.

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Thank you Mike and Rob! Rob, that site is awesome! I am learning so much as i am a noob! :) I didnt get my deer hair today, so i tested it out on some pieces of goose feathers that i have. I had some Cherry Kool Aid in the cupboard, and tested it. The dark grey feathers turned into a rusty brown color. I am no expert, but they seem to be a great color for using as crayfish ties. Again my thanks!

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The trick to dying any kind of feathers, hair, or natural material is to never allow the dye bath to go higher than 140 degrees. Higher than that and the material will become brittle. Use a candy thermometer and do it in an old glass coffee pot on the stove. You have no control of temperature using a microwave. I keep my dye solution between 130 and 140 degrees at all times and have never had a problem.



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