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Measuring Dye Powder by Weight vs by Volume (Grams vs Teaspoons)



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hi everyone I am Rebecca from chemnitz

and I'm here today with a quick video to

talk about acid dye powder weight versus

volume when I am measuring out acid dyes

for a project I will use a small kitchen

scale and do everything based on the

grams of dye so if I'm making a stock

solution I will measure out say 5 grams

of dye dissolve it in 500 milliliters of

water for a 1% stock solution but this

does add an additional step and has an

additional server requirement and so

there are some people who might prefer

safer one skein of yarn to measure a

quarter teaspoon on a teaspoon of dye

and go about it that way the big reason

to weigh your dye by grams versus by

volumes is that the manufacturers mix

these dye stocks they can keep it about

the weight and the colors that you can

achieve per weight of dye they recommend

specific on weight of goods for example

Dharma training company recommends and

on weight of goods of 1.5% to 2% for

most of their colors and then for some

of their more saturated colors they

recommend that you use a non weight of

goods of 4% which would be 4 grams of

dye per 100 grams to achieve the

advertised color since I needed to make

up some stocks today anyway I thought

that while I'm weighing out my 5 grams

of dye for each of these colors that it

could be worth me using measuring spoons

and measuring the volume as I go along

and yeah who knows what we'll see as

always I will be wearing gloves safety

glasses and wearing a respirator while

dealing with the powders so that way I

don't inhale or accidentally get

anything in my eye or anything like that

we're going to start today with the

paler cherry bomb and let's try measure

one teaspoon of dye this is

approximately leveled right here let's

see how much the boys okay so that looks

about two point eight grams right now

all right let's do now

a half teaspoon and again this is

approximate okay so 4.2 4.3 it's good

that there is some consistency on the

food day for the same amount of that but

it can really depend and the volume that

you get in to the pen and how compact

your powders are or even probably from

color to color I'm not sure that we will

see the same kind of weights with

different colors necessarily all right

next color is dirt navy and we're gonna

get one teaspoon two point three grams

so I'm gonna go ahead and do a second

teaspoon oh that one was and that one

was merde so the first one I got two

point three grams the second one gave us

about 3 grams of dye

this one was notable because we get

shootable teaspoons in a row and you can

give us different weight I need the

difference between two point three grams

two point four grams and three grams

insignificant the extra half gram of dye

can make a difference in your depth of

shape depending on the color now I think

that we got such a different weight

because one of our spoonfuls our second

one that was more compact than the first

one and so this was actually a really

good example of what I wanted to show

finally the last color I

we know today is peacock blue and let's

weigh out approximately a quarter

teaspoon for about point nine grams

second one that is pretty consistent so

fun I was having consistency within this

color but wait nine brands for a quarter

teaspoon okay we've now added four

quarter teaspoons and we have 3.6 grams

again this is different a different

weight per volume that what we've seen

for the other colors this one is clearly

more compact food I have been over

filling my quarter teaspoon with this

color definitely I definitely could have

been doing that but oh yeah was

measuring out what should be

approximately one teaspoon we've got

everywhere friend you know 2.3 to 3.6

grams which is a huge difference so why

is this important and it really is only

important if you're concerned about

consistency because the density of your

dye how compact or how fluffy it is can

vary from when you first open it to when

you use it a couple months later or even

between one batch versus another from

the same supplier so if you're gonna get

like a huge variability when you're

dealing with a specific volume of your

dye powder then you could get

inconsistent color results which is only

a problem if you have a recipe and you

are trying to replicate it so if you

want to make a recipe for achieving a

specific shade or a specific color way

it makes a bit more sense to go for

grams if you die more by feel and it's

okay if there's some variability and

what you

within the end by all means you can go

by volume there's nothing wrong with it

one of my favorite techniques is just to

go straight from the dye powder where

I'm not doing any measuring at all I'm

just dying by feel so that is absolutely

okay but ultimately as long as you are

consistent with the way that you measure

the color you will likely end up with

some reproducible results but there

could be a fluke and you get one

overpacked spoon and then suddenly your

colors a lot more intense which you know

you can always add more color but you

can't exactly take it away so that could

be a problem I am happy that I can

finally answer a question and say

alright there's between I guess like 2.3

and 3.6 grams of dye per one teaspoon

and it really probably varies not just

on the compactness of the dye but it

could also vary a lot on the color

different colors could have different

volumes per weight just because they're

made up of different molecules they have

different amounts of filler and things

like that when you're speckling with

dermis silvered gray and true black the

colors look of the specks of the actual

dye and there looks pretty

indistinguishable but there's no

question that there's got to be some

kind of filler in that silver gray dye

stock so that way you can measure out a

full gram versus having to do a fraction

of the gram to get that more true gray

versus sort of a deep gray this is

something I talked about in the math of

yarn dyeing where we actually went and

looked at the different depths of shade

of silver gray and true black and how

they compare versus the amount of dye

used for each of those scans I'll have a

link to that video in the video

description and my card anyway I hope

that this was really helpful and helped

answer some questions I have no problem

dying by feel you don't need to do

strict calculations to get beautiful

results it's totally okay to go with the

flow and just have fun

but it's just when you want something

more reproducible kitchen skills aren't

that expensive and it's worth getting

one one another thing the accuracy of

your kitchen scale is something also to

consider with this there's no question

there can be some variability there and

I know this particular scale has trouble

when you're adding little amounts that

are less than say point 2 grams

sometimes in like itty-bitty increments

sometimes those don't necessarily

register right away it's important to

keep that in mind and so if you're

dealing with really low weights that you

want to measure take that into account

when you go and purchase a scale I am

Rebecca from cabinets and if you found

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