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This is by far the grungiest stain I’ve made and used.
If you want your creations DARK and GRUNGY….this will do it!
In my LARGE PLASTIC BOWL I mix the following:
about 1/2 Cup Molasses
about 4-7 heaping TBSP Ground Cinnamon
Fragrance Oil (Optional)….. I sometimes add cinnamon oil
Tap water….. this does not have to be HOT….. just warm water.
Pour the molasses into my bowl and then add ground Cinnamon. Work the cinnamon into the molasses with my spoon until its all dissolved. Next if you are adding a fragrance oil, I do it now so it will be good and mixed in before adding the water. I then add 2-3 cups water, mix and toss in the fridge for about 4-6 hours. You want the mix cold so the molasses will settle to the bottom)
Now its ready to use but you can do things 2 different ways!
*You can leave the mixture like it is and when you paint it on your creations, it will have a spicy residue.When it drys you can rub your fingers over the whole thing to rub the spices in further.
*Or, with another container(usually a plastic jug),I place a large piece of cheesecloth(Nice and thick….so fold it a few times) and secure with a big rubber band~ pour the mixture through the cheesecloth to strain out the molasses and spice mixture.
You don’t have to strain ALL of the mixture…..it can be quite thick and heavy at the bottom. You just want to make sure that you have ALL of the liquid.
~this stain solution is VERY DARK AND GRUNGY! To maximize your solution, you dilute with water, about half and half!!
~ To grunge your creations, I use a small sponge brush to paint with it. You can however fill a spray bottle once it is diluted and spray your creations that way!
~If you place your creations in the oven, they will turn out more “stiff” due to the sugar content of the molasses.Sometimes that creates a cool prim effect. If you DO NOT want that effect once baked…. Rinse your item under cold water and allow to fully air dry! The stain color will remain without the stiffness!
~ For a really dark grunge stain, don’t dilute the solution!
~you can also take ground cinnamon after sprinkle it on places. Take your fingers and rub it into the fabrics.
I have kept this mixture in my fridge for up to 5 months and had no problems with it!
Tutorial submitted by Cedara of http://www.thrutheatticdoor.com