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Sodium Alginate Thickener

Made from seaweed!

 4.52 ( 113 review )
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Stock# Product Details Quantity Dharma Price
#SA4
  4 oz. High Viscosity for cotton (HV)
$5.95
#SA4
  4 oz. Low Viscosity for silk (LV)
$5.95
#SA8
  8 oz. High Viscosity for cotton (HV)
$9.95
#SA8
  8 oz. Low Viscosity for silk (LV)
$9.95
#SA1
  1 lb. High Viscosity for cotton (HV)
$17.95
#SA1
  1 lb. Low Viscosity for silk (LV)
$17.95
#SA5
  5 lbs. High Viscosity for cotton (HV)
$79.95
#SA5
  5 lbs. Low Viscosity for silk (LV)
$79.95
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Sodium Alginate is a pure type of dried, ground kelp (seaweed) - it's commonly used to thicken food. It is the most economical thickener for Dyes of all types and it works as a thickener for other liquids as well. Use whenever you want to use dyes more like a paint. You can then brush the dyes on and they will stay put. Also use for stamping, stenciling or silk screening the dyes. Dyes are more work than Paint to use in these methods, but the reward is, they leave absolutely no feel on the fabric the way paints can. You can also add a pinch to your dye mix for tie-dye to make the dye stay put rather than bleeding through the fabric. This is used to get more control over the tie-dye patterns, for crisper lines, etc. You can thicken dyes enough to print, silk screen or stencil with too.

Sprinkle the thickener into the chemical water or liquid dye slowly, mixing continuously. (You can also use a blender - add the alginate very gradually through the top with the blender going). Let sit for an hour or so, as it will continue to thicken before use. Refrigerate to store. Don't over-thicken, thinner is better. For paint-like consistencies, use ~1 - 4 tsp / quart water, depending on how thick you need it. For tie-dye use ~1/8 -1/2 tsp per 8 oz bottle of dye to slow or stop bleeding. Experiment, because each situation can be unique.

We have two kinds: High viscosity, low solids for cotton (HV), and Low viscosity, high solids for silk (LV). The silk one allows you to draw finer lines but requires you to use more. You can use them interchangeably. Specify which one you prefer.

*Warning! - ocassionally hard or impossible to remove from silk if steamed

Not recommended for thickening Paints. This is an organic product, and paints are composed of synthetic compounds.

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Specify HV or LV! HV is coming from a new source; looks different, finer, but this is all that is available. If you need your dye thicker, use more. Each situation is different.

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MOST HELPFUL REVIEWS
6/13/2011
3
Works too well! Definitely make sure that you pre-test on one dye only! Use tiny tiny bits -It takes some time to thicken! We put a pinch in all of our dye squeeze bottles and an hour later we had pudding!
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1/29/2009
5
Dharma's Sodium Alginate is so much more concentrated than other's I have used. It was a great surprise that I only had to use about half the quantity I used with other brands. I highly recommend this product for silk screening and dye painting.
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11 of 11 users found this review helpful.
1/27/2009
5
Very useful for thickening fiber reactive dyes. I've used this for thickening dye into a gelatinous consistency to paint on black dye for a stained-glass effect--works great!
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11 of 11 users found this review helpful.
6/2/2010
5
a little goes a long way
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9 of 10 users found this review helpful.
5/3/2010
4
Does the trick but a bit of a pain to mix. Right price though!
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5 of 6 users found this review helpful.
MOST RECENT REVIEWS
10/4/2015
5
Wonderful for blockscreen printing. Only down side is dyes must be refrigerated and dont last as long.
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0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
9/17/2015
5
Love this stuff I can reuse dyes to airbrush my other art shirt creations -
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8/19/2015
5
Add slowly. Shake well. Have patience but enjoy! Works well for tie-dye where the colors have to be applied again and again because they run through.
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7/18/2015
5
This stuff is awesome! I've been using the fiber reactive dyes for a while now and after reading what this stuff does I decided to give it a whirl. I mixed 14 teaspoon with my 16oz bottles and WOW - what a difference! Perfectly crisp lines and almost no color bleeding at all!I'll never go back to dyeing without it!
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1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
5/29/2015
5
works for what I needed
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3/20/2015
5
Great stuff...use sparingly to start out!!!
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2/18/2015
5
lets me turn almost any liquid into a dye.
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2/4/2015
4
This works really well but it seems to work differently with different colors. It can easily over thicken your dye so be sure to add a little at a time and give it long enough to thicken before you plan to use your dye.
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