This listing is to enable orders for custom-dyed ropes to be placed.
- Add the ropes you would like dyed to your cart, choosing from 4mm Hemp, 6mm Hemp, 8mm Hemp, 6mm Cotton or 8mm Cotton.
- Choose your colour.
- Select the appropriate length option for the rope thickness.
- If you would like different ropes with different colours, complete the above process for each colour and add a note to your order clarifying how much of which ropes you'd like in which colour,
for example: "2x10m 6mm Hemp in Tulip Red & 2x15m 8mm Cotton in Velvet Black".
We've added some photos of some of our dyed ropes, not taken in ideal or consistent conditions but hopefully a rough guide to the resulting colours.
If you would like to try dying ropes you have already purchased, this is how we'd suggest you do it:
- Weigh your ropes dry and buy Dylon Machine Dye as-per the weights on the box.
- Loosely coil your ropes in a laundry bag and wash at 40c in a normal cycle (not a fast or eco cycle), with detergent but no conditioner/softener, medium spin speed.
- Add the dye to the washing machine as-per instructions (plus salt if not included with the dye) and run another 40c cycle, medium spin speed (or as instructions for different dye).
- Run another 40c cycle with detergent (and softener for cotton ropes), medium or fast spin speed.
- Remove the ropes from the machine and form the laundry bags and uncoil them, then run through your hands from end-to-end stretching it as you go (you may want to wear gloves for this as it's hard on your skin).
- Loosely coil the ropes to air-dry, looped over an open interior door works well, it may take several days to dry completely.
- Using soapy water and a gentle scrubbing pad clean any visible staining in your washing machine drum and remove any visible clumps of fibers.
- Run a cleaning cycle on your washing machine with a washing machine cleaning/servicing solution/product.
- Drain the sump of your washing machine then remove and clean the filter, your machine should now be safe to use for clothing again.
- Once dry, cotton ropes can be stretched again then coiled and stored, hemp ropes need to be oiled at this stage, use the oil of your choice, we use a blend of Hemp Oil and Mineral Oil in a spray bottle, work the oil into the rope running from end to end stretching as you go, then coil and store.
- The process requires running your washing machine for 6 to 8 hours plus the service-cycle (2-3 hours usually). Ropes should be dry within a week, depending on temperature and humidity (in the UK our ropes typically dry in 2-3 days in the summer and 3-5 days in the winter).
- Hempex is a lightweight synthetic rope that looks like Hemp, much easier to look after, just wash and hang to dry.
- Hemp is the traditional choice, a natural-fibre rope that looks great but needs to be stretched then oiled after washing.
- SuperSoft Hemp is our 6mm hemp that has been softened much further than the standard hemp, giving a much softer rope.
- Cotton (white) is a popular rope due to it's softness and ease of care, wash as-for cotton clothing. Natural fibre but doesn't need oiling.
- 4mm is sometimes used for detail work, we have a really nice 4mm hemp normally in-stock, can look amazing in decorative work but too thin for most preferences.
- 6mm is the most popular thickness, that's what you will normally see on japanese-style bondage.
- 8mm is more common in western bondage, looks better on men or larger ladies due to the slightly thicker rope.
- 10mm+ is rarely used due to the thickness and weight, but we can special-order it.
- 1m is normally only used for very simple ties such as CBB/CBT
- 2.5m is for limb-ties such as a cuff-tie on a wrist or ankle, simple ties for tying wrists or ankles together, and short extensions.
- 5m is for more extensive limb-ties, simple body-ties such as a crotchrope, and extensions to bigger tie.
- 7.5m is the more traditional length for japanese bondage, often a little short for full-body ties but commonly extended with multiple lengths in one tie.
- 10m is the standard length for most body-ties such as a karada or a harness on the upper-torso or pelvis areas.
- 15m is the longest you'd normally use, for compex ties using a single rope for neatness or full-body ties on a larger body.
- >15m is normally too long for practical use as it takes so long to pull-through but we can arrange any length up-to 220m for most ropes.
Dye My Rope
- Product Code: DyeMyRope
- Availability: In Stock