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Grill Cloth Material for Tie Dye

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Paul in Colorado, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Paul in Colorado

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    What would be a good material for a tie-dye grill cloth? I want to psychedelicize my TR when I get a combo cab made. It has to allow sound to come through, so it can't be too tight a weave. What did they use on the old Alembic/Hard Trucker cabs?
     
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    Do you have a Jo-ann's fabric near you.Tons of stuff there.
     
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    muslin fabric
     
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    Perhaps potatoe sacks would work.
    lets the spuds breathe / the sound through - it's printable and probably dye-able.
     
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    A cotton T-shirt would work just fine...
     
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    Go to the Hardtruckers dot com website. They offer different fabrics and you can get an idea of which would suit you best.
     
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    Back in the early 70's, Santana's Twins had tye dyed speaker cloth. Maybe somebody over at the Santana forums at the Moonflower cafe can help you out.

    Hey Paul, I bet the people over at the East West store in North Fort Collins have some good fabric.
     
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    Is that the Asian imports place next to Avo's? I'll go look around tomorrow. And yes, we have a JoAnn Fabrics store. Laura's always getting coupons for them.

    Back in the day I used some kind of cotton fabric, but it may have been a little too tight a weave.
     
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    It's been a while since I've been there. I'm thinking it's on N.Mason near Mountain Ave, although I think there is also, or used to be an import store
    on North College in that same area.
     
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    Woven like the muslin is the best choice because they can be pulled taught better, but knits like T-shirts tie-dye better because their stretchiness compresses better to keep the dye from wicking in. Techniques like batik usually work better with weaves. But by all means, if you feel up to it, experiment.
     
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    Yeah, I did that with my AC15 for a while. Looked awesome (to me...most people thought it was pretty naff).
     
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    JT over at Gearpage reported good results using has had good results using 100% cotton percale sheets and a quality Tie Dye kit. I imagine Egyptian cotton sheets would work equally well and there are all sorts of thread count grades for that type.

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=956872

    This Tie Dye kit from Jacquard Products is said to work well for grill cloth application

    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/kits/tiedyekit/


    Silk Tye Dye material several people have used for speaker grill cloth from Fabric designs

    http://fabricdesigns.com/silks.htm

    Lost Hippie Dyed Art on Facebook (person does Tie Dye)

    http://www.facebook.com/LastHippieDyedArt?sk=wall&filter=2

    Carried Away Custom Tie Dye

    http://www.cariedaway.com/servlet/StoreFront
     

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    Thanks for the leads, folks!
    I checked out Hard Truckers and they use silk or cotton muslin. I'm going to see what they'd charge to do a custom Twin grill. Probably pricey. I know a local guy who sells tie-dye shirts at the Farmer's Market who does nice work. He's hard to find sometimes. He lives up around Centenial, WY and doesn't come in to town much. I need to find the tank top I did years ago that looks like a comet in the night sky. I'd like to duplicate that or one of the designs I saw on the HT website. If this works out, I may re-do the grills on my 2 x 12" cabs, too.
     
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    That's the "traditional" way to do it.
     
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