Sodium Alginate Instructions

Sodium Alginate Instructions

It takes some time for Sodium Alginate to “thicken up” so you need to prepare this mixture at least an hour before you plan to use it to allow time for it to thicken.

First, make “chemical water” according to our tie dye instructions. Chemical water is 1 quart warm water, ¾ cup Urea, 2 tsp. Ludigol, and 1 tsp water softener (optional)

To 1 quart “chemical water,” add 2 tsp. Sodium alginate and stir vigorously. Let sit for 15 min and stir again. Stir occasionally over an hours time while thickener sets to thicken the mixture. Lumping of undisolved Sodium Alginate will occur. You can either stir these lumps in further, scoop them out, or just ignore them. For best results it may be easiest to use a blender to minimize lumping.
Once you have given the Sodium Alginate 1 hour to thicken, you can check your solution and alter it to fit your needs. If you would like a thicker mixture, add more sodium alginate. If your mixture is too thick than thin with water to desired consistency.

 

Once you have your Sodium Alginate solution at your desired thickness, add your dye powder to make your thickened dye mixture.