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New rope batch

 

I learned tonight that, if I pack things efficiently, I can do a full dye batch and one undyed batch of rope in 7.5 hours. Seems pretty good and likely not reducible given the amount of time various steps take, like vat soaking.

I also tested processing the undyed batch in the washer rather than the pressure cooker. One wash ws about 50% as effective in softening the final batch so it is good for concurrent processing but will likely require at least two cycles to get the same sort of softness in the final rope. Cost/energy use is probably a wash.

Note that I had an equivalent length of rope in the cooker that I dryer with the machine washed batch to control some of the variables. Which is how I'm roughly determining the dial softness difference.

I now have an additional 3x30ft lengths of fuchsia and 3x15ft and 1x50ft lengths of natural rope. With tassels!

 

Originally published at Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist. You can comment here or there.

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melissa_maples From: melissa_maples Date: July 18th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
That fuchsia rope is just so gorgeous. I could look at it all day.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 18th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's my current favorite too. If I have time tonight before a movie, on going to do a BW conversion test on all the rope colors I have. Since my end go is aesthetic and I tend to convert photos to black and white, I want my collection to be made up of the most photogenic rope. :)
alyska From: alyska Date: July 19th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll certainly volunteer as a test subject for this project.. =)
dangermouse72 From: dangermouse72 Date: July 19th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
What are you making/dyeing all this rope for?
abmann From: abmann Date: July 19th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tying up pretty girls. :)

I also enjoy it. It's both neat science and craft. I'm vaaaaaguely considering selling it too.
dangermouse72 From: dangermouse72 Date: July 20th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much suspected all of the above ;o)
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