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Under 21 scene: Tie-dye-namite

Nothing is more stylish on the Fourth of July than an explosive tie-dye shirt that spirals and splashes the patriotic colors of red, white and blue.

Tie-dyeing is a trend that has thankfully never gone out of style. It can be a really fun thing to do with friends when splitting a pack of five plain white T-shirts to create your own unique fashion statements. And what better time than the Fourth of July to make a shirt that’s as bombastic as the fireworks?

Cody Maurer, an avid tie-dyer, gave me the rundown on how to make the best tie-dye T-shirt:

First, if you don’t already have a white T-shirt lying around, buy a pack of 100-percent cotton plain white Hanes shirts from Walmart. "I personally like to go with the V-neck," Maurer says.

The dye and rubber bands can also be purchased from Walmart or any craft store. After obtaining the needed supplies, dampen the shirt and make sure to wring out all of the water before folding. When folding the shirt, there are countless ways to pinch, twist, and scrunch the fabric before fastening it with rubber bands.

The design from the dye depends on how you manipulate the fabric of the shirt, Maurer says. After the shirt is tightly wrapped with rubber bands, generously soak various points in the shirt in the desired dye colors. After you are done applying the dye, place the shirt in a plastic bag for at least four hours.

When the time comes, "Put the dye-soaked shirt on a cookie tray and cook it in the oven for one hour at 250 degrees for extra bright color," Maurer advises. Then carefully take the shirt out of the oven, remove the rubber bands, and rinse until the excess drippings from the shirt are clear. Maurer recommends letting the shirt air dry before placing it in the washer and dryer. Be sure to place the shirt in the washer on its own to avoid colors bleeding onto other clothes, he says.

Maurer assured me that all of his friends will be wearing their tie-dye shirts for the Fourth. The best part, he says, is that "each shirt is really unique and there are thousands of possibilities in each tie-dye shirt you make."

For more tie-dying tips and patterns, go to http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/soda_soak.html and


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