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Understanding Mordants and Modifiers

Iron Liquor


Recipe: Use 1 quart to 1 gallon glass or plastic jug or jar with lid. Put old rusty iron pieces in jar (horseshoe bits, nails) along with no-soap steel scrubbers, fill jar 2/3 full of vinegar. Fill with water, steep in sun for a week or so. Give gentle shake every day. Liquid should turn rusty-red color. When opaque, iron liquor is ready to strain and use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per gal of dyebath. This liquor will last for years, just replenish with vinegar, water, and a bit more rusty iron.

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