Mar 25, 2009

A Beautiful Disaster


salt baking
It's been a few weeks since Susie Bubble's DIY salt-baked shirt really entices me to create one of my own (the instruction of which is elaborately written if you click the link). I like how the subtle burn effect beautifully wraps the peripherals of the shirt. Plus the dirt cheap price of salt absolutely gives my thin wallet a happy smile.

So yesterday, equipped with 3 kilos of salt, I gave this seemingly simple task a try. A rookie is a still a rookie: my first attempt to do this was unsatisfactory, at least for a perfectionist mind like me. The slightly brownish tint was too subtle - I wanted more from this.
salt bake shirt
Too light of a tone

Next came the second round. This time I increased the temperature of the oven to the max dial, and placed the baking tray DIRECTLY above the flame. 15 minutes later - the kitchen was misty with smoke, I almost suffocated on carbon monoxide, my eyes teary from the sharp fume of salt.

And just look what happened to the shirt...

I was surprised and excited at the same time! The burn resulted in an amazing ombre effect that I've been waiting for so long to get my mitts on. I like the fact that the black color gradually changes its tone to brown and lighter and lighter hues.
burnt3
burnt4
Burn baby burn!

Alas much to my dismay upon trying the shirt on the fabrics tore apart like mahjong paper...
burnt

burnt2
Holey guacamole! (pun intended)
Now the beautifully destroyed shirt lies on the coffee table, a token of my foolish error. Oh, it's okay I guess. I have quite a few white shirts / t-shirts lying around and in fact this definitely won't be my last time experimenting the salt-bake goodness, despite the risk of getting teary-eyed experience again...

16 comments:

IAMTHEANGELNEGRO said...

genial instruction!

adikmu efa said...

superb giler la~

angelus_izika said...

adoi la...u just burnt (literally) one of ur shirt

khalid said...

give it another try please... macam superb je kalau jadi..

Vans said...

Trial & Error
Lesson 1
HAVE FUN lol, this post made me crease I was really excited for you until I saw The Hole.
Lesson 2
KEEP TRYING - Who knows what may happen (hopefully not a fire)
-]

naboonies said...

@IAMTHEANGELNEGRO: thanks! the Style Bubble is really legendary, she and her sources...

@efa: mestilaaa, tapi sayang tak jadi

@angelus: what to do? well i have a tonne of white shirts left. definitely will try next time

@khalid: insyallah led. tapi xbole terbakar sgt nnt fragile macam kertas.

@vans: It's disappointing to see it destroyed, I know.I'll take heed for the advice.

Dinie said...

i destroy pants and you do shirts!
hah

Ca said...

Genius! But I hope the fabric isn't too damaged that it will fall apart after some time of use.

I'm going to try this one of these days, I have too many white shirts just hanging around.

Ca said...

Wait... it DID fall apart?! Maybe you should just wear it with holes and be all bohemian nonchanlant? Haha...

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

now its time to tye dye some balmain-esque jeans

naboonies said...

@Dinie: oh yeah? what's the outcime of the pants project, lemme see!

@Ca: too bad it's damaged my darling, I don't think it's a good idea cause the fabric has become to fragile!

@ wecouldgrowup2gether: hmmm..Balmain of which season eh?

JEYQ said...

ahh i loved the first one!
have you tried again but lowered the temperature a bit? yes for ombre! sorry i haven't visited in a while--been crazy busy. hope all is swell in your realm of things.

<3

xs said...

cool. well not the burning part. but i want to try this one later!

O-man MiKe ;) said...

mmm..if u use sugar, bole bwut kek gula hangus. errr..i mean baju gula hangus. ~wuteva~

naboonies said...

@ JEYQ: Next time I'll be more careful with the temperature for sure HAHA... I love ombre!!!

It's okay, I know work is not easy, it's another 3-4 months before I start working!

@xs: thanks for dropping by!

@oman.. sure! then we can eat it as dessert HAHA

chekka cuomova said...

it's crazy but it looks great!! honestly, I have no guts to do such DIY project LOL
two thumbs up!

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