Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How to Make Butterfly Wings

By Jay Jay
We made some of our beautiful wings today. This is not one of the products we usually make here, but since we are out of stock, Zahira came in to help us dye some more. Check out the pictures of the process. I still love watching Carol or Sarah or Zahira dying silks. There is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the project.

First, we start with a beautiful, clean batch of pure white silk wings.
Then, they are dyed a sunny yellow.

Then, Zahira takes them out of the machine and folds them a special way.

Then, she dips certain parts of the wings into the red/orange dye

And...voila! Now they are off to get their pretty satin ribbon sewn on!

A few days later...finished wings!

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