I know! It is difficult to work a hot dye bath with small quantities of strings because the dyes have to be weighed out precisely in accordance with the weight of the material being dyed. otherwise, the color is liable to be too dark or too rich.
I just didn’t account for the material shrinking and thickening up in the hot bath. Oh well, this was my second attempt at dying.
The first time, I unwound an entire spool of nylon onto a swift, twisted it into a hank, and dyed the whole thing. After it dried, I Unwound the Hank and put it back on the Swift, and then rigged the empty spool to my drill to wind the nylon back onto the spool. and then just made my strings like normal. That process worked really well, and I didn’t have a problem with the nylon shrinking or being too stretchy.
With this batch, I just spun up the strings first, wound them up into little mini Hanks and dyed them all together. No bueno
I’m going to build myself a more sturdy Swift, and try that route again.
Another thing I have tried, is reaching out to the manufacturer of the brand of nylon that I use to petition them to produce fluorescent colored nylon. And you know what they said? They put me on a mailing list to let me know if they ever decide to do that in the future. Gee thanks