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Bleaching jeans

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I am trying to create some "artistic" splotchy, spattery bleach patterns on an old pair of my daughter's jeans. I can't seem to get the colour to bleach out entirely. Any tips?

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Well, I have said I want to give up my day job, so you never know. Thank you for your encouragement yesterday! I spent all day fussing with those silly jeans (even while I was at work, I was plotting ways to "get" them...).

It is rather fun to have a daughter that likes to dress "creatively". I have mended rips with red embroidered "x"s, and put on countless studs. My DP carefully drilled a hole in a screw (for a pendant, of course!) and hunted down chain of the right weight for a belt. Her wardrobe has become a creative outlet for the whole household!

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Luv, she LOVES them. I actually rather like them too! They look tie dyed, and the colours range from white to indigo. (Don't worry, my dignity will remain intact, I won't do the same thing to my own). DD said they are "exactly" what she wanted, and, best of all, that "no one else has jeans anything like that". It is not often you do something right when you are being judged by a teenager!

Elise, I have more bleach if you want to stop by for the "full body" treatment. And, don't worry about the hair on your head - I keep Wayne Newton's colour on hand, for touch ups.

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....silly, silly Dreamer, you're not fooling me, all this talk of bleaching jeans when it's your moustache and sideburns you're really tackling!!!:D

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Finally, I used elastics to "tie" the jeans into sections. Then, I POURED HALF A BOTTLE OF BLEACH onto the jeans. Guess what? I conquered those things...BWAHAHAHAA!

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Jazzie, that is what I was afraid my daughter would do - wreck her expensive jeans! I am presently washing the da** things in bleach for the second time, on my way to the store in search of a bleach pen, some more bleach, and maybe a bucket to stick my head into!

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I have done that step and have found out that the dyes or fabric composition of jeans are different "these days" - now, not only am I frustrated by these uncooperative jeans - I feel old, too!

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Good idea! I am indeed "still at it"...I took control of this project from daughter thinking I would keep the bleach from getting all over the house and secretly imagining I would do "a better job". HA! So far, I have jeans with some lightish marks, and I know this is not the effect she is hoping for. I will not give up! Those cursed jeans will not get the best of me!

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I was about to reply "none" but I have noticed the smallest spot on the cuff of my green sweater...

I must be nuts, right? Imagine all this work to create an artfully worn and ragged look...

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It has occured to me, a little late in the game, that the jeans are Gap jeans and have a little spandex. I wonder it THAT is the reason I am having so much trouble?

I will tell you a story - in University sociology we were given an assignment to write a paper about an alternative lifestyle and to bring a practioner of that lifestyle to class to discuss it. I was so bold that I went to a local biker bar and approached some of the scariest looking bikers (you know, the ones with the patches on their leathers) and asked them if they would help me with my assignment! I can tell you, they were dumbfounded! I eventually found a guy named "Sleazy" through a friend of an acquaintance of a brother of a friend, who was retired from the Brotherhood, and he obligingly came to class. I got a really good mark, too!

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You will really like my latest plan - I am thinking of going down to the district where all the "goth" and "punk" kids hang out, and accosting the ones in bleached out jeans in the hopes of getting their secret! I imagine the real secret is mom and dad's credit card at some pricey "alternative" shop...but it may be worth a try. What the heck? People have sworn at me before...

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I know what you mean - I have ruined many of my own clothes with my over-enthusiastic bleach use.

I first sprayed some bleach on. That seemed to make very little difference. So, I dripped some more on. Again, no drama. Next I splashed some on. Still not satisfied. Perhaps I should go buy a hair dye kit and use the peroxide in that?

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