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How to paint silk necktie:

Silk ties’ painting is similar to scarf painting – you can choose both cold and hot batik technique. A tie is usually painted when it is already sawn together and because it is thick and has seams, it is rather difficult to delimit the flow of dye, especially for the tie’s reverse side. There are several ways to make sure the tie looks beautiful from both sides. Depending on the design you must choose technique that is the most appropriate for your situation. Each of the methods has its pros and cons.


First technique:
The tie is ironed and placed on the table in stretched position. It is advisable to put polyethylene underneath the tie to protect the table. Then the tie is turned around with its reverse side upwards and you must apply the resist around edge.  When resist has completely dried you can turn the tie around and start painting on the front side. The dye will not flow uncontrollably to the back side. When the painting has dried on one side you can start painting the reverse side. Pros for this technique are that you do not have to worry about the reverse side of the tie while painting. However the cons are that the resist does not always complete ensure that the dye will not flow over and can result in unpretty dried stains. Also the resist line not always looks very good.

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Second technique:
This tie painting technique requires more skills than the first one. The tie (as in the first technique) is ironed and stretched on the table. With the resist you lay down the drawing or ornament on the front side. When the resist has completely dried, you can apply the base shade of the tie.  The base shade is the color you want to see as the basis for the tie and on the reverse side. It is carefully applied simultaneously on both sides. The reverse side is painted by carefully by lifting the tie from the table. The most essential moment is to avoid the areas, where you have not planned to appply the base dye, as well as to prevent the dye from drying onto resist lines. Therefore applying of the dye must be done quickly. When the base dye is applied you can continue to paint the front of the tie – no need to wait until the reverse side has dried. It also can be done the other way round – lay the ties’s drawing or ornaments first and then apply the base dye. It all depends on the selected design. Pros of this technique are that the reverse side looks attractive and homogeneously dyed and there is no contour around. Cons are the fact that this technique must be executed very quickly.

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Third technique:
This technique will not be suitable for everybody as it requires a special stand for painting the tie. You can buy one or make one at home. The tie is placed on the stand like a sock and the painting (unlike in the first two techniques) is done vertically. With this technique you can reach the tie easily from all sides, however painting is not too comfortable in the vertical position and you must be careful to prevent the dye from  flowing downwards.
Fourth technique:
Using this technique the tie is painted while it is unpicked and unsawn together. The tie is stretched into the frame and painted just like a silk scarf. In this technique the painting is very beautiful and easily can be painted. The tie will be beautifully painted from all sides, however you will require great sewing skills to sew the tie together.


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