Batik Instructions with Soy Wax
Batik Instructions for Soy Wax
This is a simple set of instructions for using soy wax with pipettes, intended for beginners or anyone who wants to 'dip their toes' into Batik.
The traditional way to Batik is with a reusable batik pen, or what is called a Tjanting Tool. This method won't work with other waxes as they have higher melting points and require other methods of wax removal.
We prefer Soy Wax because of the low melting point and ease of removal compared to waxes such as Paraffin wax and Bee's wax.
What you need:
-Soy Wax -Dye
-Pipettes -Dye Fixer (Soda Ash)
1. Melt the wax. Soy wax has a low melting point so it can be melted in the microwave or in a double boiler with some hot water.
2. Apply the wax to your fabric using a pipette. Use caution and gloves as Pipette will get hot from the wax and you don’t want to get burned!
(Tip: If your fabric is a T-shirt, or a folded piece of fabric, make sure to put cardboard or something else between the fabric. Otherwise, the wax will soak through and create a resist on the other side of the fabric as well)
3. Wait for the wax to dry completely.
4.Soak the fabric in dye fixer. Use warm water, but not too hot. If the water is to hot it could re-melt the wax and ruin your design.
5. Ring the dye fixer out of the fabric and tie it to be the design you wish to achieve.
6. Dye the fabric and then let it sit for anywhere from 4 hours to 24 hours. The length of time you let it sit affects how easy the fabric is to wash out. The longer it is left alone the less loose dye will flow out and the shorter it will be to wash out.
7. Rinse the fabric under COLD running water. Keep rinsing until the water is flowing clear and all the loose dye is washed out.
8. When all the loose dye is rinsed out run the fabric under HOT running water. This will melt the wax and wash it away from the fabric. Do NOT rub the wax to help get it off, this will just spread the wax around and muddy up the design. Just let the hot water run over it and it will all wash away.
DO NOT WASH WAX DOWN THE DRAIN. Wax can cause similar damage to flushing oil down a drain. It is recommend to wash the wax with a filter to catch loose wax, or into a vessel that will not directly flush wax down a drain.
9. When the wax is completely removed from the fabric, follow normal tie-dye washout instructions - wash and dry the fabric until there is no loose dye coming off the fabric.