Tie dyeing a power cord

I found a post on Make the other day and was inspired. PVC can be dyed! Who’d a thunk it?

You can see the post here : http://makeprojects.com/Project/Cable-Dyeing/750/1

So I placed my order and not so patently waited for my dye. After a few trial and errors on PVC pipe I made this Tie Dye Cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then a Scrapbook inspiration! I used my scrapbook punches to cut out shapes from Blue painter’s tape. Older and more used punches were not sharp enough to cut crisp shapes in the tape. When I was done I scrubbed it down with orange cleaner to get ride of the tape residue.  It came out awesome! Think of the possibilities, Bats and pumpkins for Halloween lights, Candy cane cords for the X-mas tree!

 

Update 7/8/2011: Thanks for all the requests for me to make custom cords. I love the challenges you’re giving me! Please pop over to my store and message me though Etsy for custom orders.  http://frogget.etsy.com Thank you! <3

Want to do this project yourself? Here is a list of supplies and the amount I paid for them after tax+shipping. Just follow the instructions on Make! When making the Tie Dye cord it is good to have an assistant closing the containers between colors in order to assure the dyes do not get darker as you go. The solvent resist gloves are not very solvent resistant, just ask my blue and orange husband hehehehe. I recommend wearing 2 pairs at a time.

Power Cord $9.08
Dye $74.06
Solvent  $41.52
Paper Towels $1.09
Metal Tray $6.59 (Don’t steal your wife’s cookie sheet as you will be dyeing it colors)
Gloves $15.09
Plastic painters sheet $1.99
Eye Droppers (Free from the pharmacy)
Painter’s Tape $3.09
$152.51 Total

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6 responses to this post.

  1. [...] The little stars were punched out of blue painter’s tape and applied to the cord before dyeing. I wouldn’t have thought the tape would hold up to the PVC solvent, but it clearly does. The edges are clean and sharp. More pics over at Frogget’s Crafts. [...]

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  2. [...] Tie dyeing a power cord [...]

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  3. [...] The little stars were punched out of blue painter’s tape and applied to the cord before dyeing. I wouldn’t have thought the tape would hold up to the PVC solvent, but it clearly does. The edges are clean and sharp. More pics over at Frogget’s Crafts. [...]

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  4. This is one of the awesomest things I’ve ever seen. Srsly.

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  5. [...] an prolongation cord showing, we competence wish to liven things adult with a tie-dyed energy cord. Froggerts Crafts explains how to do it, though it’ll cost we a bit over $150 for all a materials. If you’d [...]

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