I was so disappointed the first time I ice-dyed with New Emerald Green.
I’d had such high hopes. Green is one of my favorite colors, and I was envisioning my projects suggesting a rainforest canopy or the verdant hills of Ireland.
Instead I got this:
It isn’t a bad effect, I guess, if I’d been trying for it. But I wasn’t. I wanted those verdant hills. I wanted the same smooth shades I got with Kelly Green, only richer. You know, more emerald-like.
Emerald Green is one of the two dyes that finally got me to make [dye samples] for myself. I confirmed multiple times that yes, that is unfortunately the effect I’ll get with it.
But there aren’t many times that I want that kind of spottiness on my projects. Other than the samples, for a long time Emerald Green mostly sat on my shelf.
This is a shame, because there’s a pretty easy to way to get around that spotting, and get results more like this:
From what I can tell, Emerald Green produces those dark spots when applied powder-over-ice because its constituent colors don’t dissolve evenly. The light components dissolve at a different rate than the darkest; so instead of getting a nice mix, you get all the light components playing nicely together, and the dark one huddling in sullen little patches in between.
The easiest way to get around this is to never use it powder-over-ice; instead, I always apply Emerald Green as liquid-over-ice.
I don’t use much water, either. For a quarter teaspoon of dye, I’ll use a couple of tablespoons of water. I like to put dye and water into one of my spice shakers, put the cap on tightly, and shake it to mix. Then I drizzle the intense dye solution over the ice.
This is my go-to technique now for those pesky spotting dyes. And I was delighted to be able to start playing with New Emerald Green.
Do you use the liquid-over-ice technique? What do you think of it?