How to Make Painted Lace
5. If the lace becomes oversaturated, blot away the excess. During a wet application, use a paper towel to remove excess dye. If you aren't satisfied with your results, you can completely remove the dye from the lace. Note that dyes are darker when wet.
6. Overdyeing will darken colors that dry too light. Allow the dyed lace to dry completely, then paint additional layers of dye on any area where you wish to intensify the color or accent details of the lace's design. Don't wet the lace again.
7. Dry the lace. Letting the lace dry naturally allows it to acquire a mottled appearance. Using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process reduces the migration of dye colors as the liquid evaporates, limiting the mottling effect.
8. Once the lace is dry, set the color. Iron it from the wrong side for about 2 minutes, using your iron's wool setting. Heat-setting the color this way also softens the lace.
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