Making CUSTOM SHIRTS with Bleach

Making CUSTOM SHIRTS with Bleach


>>In this video,
we’re showing you how to make your own
custom clothing designs. Surprisingly,
all it takes is a little bit of bleach
and some freezer paper. [Captions by Jeffrey D. at Y Translator] Here’s what you’re going
to need to get started. You’ll need a shirt
or other article of clothing that is mostly made of cotton or linen. Other types of cloth may not
react very well to the bleach. A household iron,
some freezer paper, a spray bottle,
a razor blade, and of course, the bleach itself. I have here printed-out
one of the King of Random logos, and this is the design that we’re
going to put onto one of these shirts. To transfer this design from a piece
of paper onto the cotton shirt, we’re going to be
using our freezer paper. Freezer paper is just paper
that’s designed to wrap stuff up before you put it
into the freezer. It’s pretty much
plain paper on one side, the other side
has a shiny waxy surface. When I first started
researching this project, I thought it was probably
going to be better to just use something
like contact paper. Contact paper is a sticky clear sheet
with a backing that comes in rolls. I thought it would be
really good for transferring a stencil design
onto a shirt. But it turns out,
there are some real advantages to using the freezer paper instead. Because one side of the freezer paper
is like normal paper, you can write on it with pens,
pencils or markers very easily. Contact paper being plastic, that doesn’t work so well. We’re going to stick
our freezer paper onto our shirts by using heat from an iron. And again, that’s one of the advantages
of the freezer paper, is it doesn’t stick until you
hit it with the iron. So you have all the time
in the world to perfectly position it just where you want it. Combine that with the fact
that the roll of freezer paper is usually really big
so you get great coverage. Which prevents
over-spray onto your shirt. Let’s tear off a good size sheet
of our freezer paper and get ready
to transfer our image. You want to take the design
and place it face down onto the waxy side
of the freezer paper. Despite the wax coating, a little bit of masking tape should do a great job
of holding your design in place. Now you can see that with
a black printed design, you can see right through
the freezer paper on to what you’re going
to want to cut. To help increase the life
of both your razor blades and whatever
you’re working on, it is best if you have
a cutting mat that you can use. Now, how this is going to work
is you’ll cut out everything that you want to
bleach onto your shirt. It’s kind of going to be
the reverse image of what we’ve got here. I’ll be using a black T-shirt
and the bleach will turn it lighter. If you cut the design entirely
out of the freezer paper, it may be difficult to keep
all of the pieces aligned just where you want them. Small pieces will be harder to keep
flat when you lay them on the shirt. For example, if I were cutting
out this T and K piece which is all joined together, I would cut most of the way around it. But in the corners,
I would leave a small piece where I don’t cut. That will leave the design
connected to the rest of the paper until I’m ready to remove it. You may want to trace over your design using a pen or pencil
on the freezer paper, or maybe you prefer
to just use your knife, and cut directly onto the pattern. Either way works just fine. Using a sharp knife
with a good point, carefully cut out
all the pieces from your design leaving a few
connecting points so that they don’t completely
come off of the freezer paper. With our design prepped,
we now need to move on to prepping the T-shirt
to be ready to be bleached. Before you bleach
a new article of clothing, you want to be sure
you wash and dry it to remove any coatings
that may be on it. We now want to cut out
a piece of cardboard that can fit inside this shirt. That will both help it keep its shape, and prevent any bleach from getting through
the front onto the backside while it’s being bleached. Since my cardboard does have
gaps in a couple of spots, I’m just going to cover
those with some duct tape. [Music] Once you have your piece of cardboard cut to the right size and shape, fit your T-shirt over it. It’s not necessary to have
a piece of cardboard that fills the entire shirt the way
I have it on this one. It really only needs to be large enough
to fit your whole design on it. But this way, I’ll be able to use
the same piece of cardboard for any other design
I do in the future. With the cardboard inside the shirt, you want to take your iron
and press the whole thing down, so it is nice and smooth. This will help the
freezer paper stick to it better and your design
will turn out nicer. With the T-shirt nice and flat, it’s time to position
the design on the shirt where you’re going to want it. First, let’s remove our pattern
from the back of our freezer paper. Now we can position it
right where we want it, and this part right here
is why freezer paper is much better than contact paper. ‘Cause for contact paper, it would stick as soon
as it touched the shirt, and you wouldn’t be
able to reposition it at all. The freezer paper covers a pretty
good amount of the T-shirt, but it is possible
to get some over-spray. The bleach solution could
travel through the air a little bit, and land on parts of the shirt
that you don’t want bleached. So it’s a good idea to make sure
that every part of the surface is covered. You can use some old newspapers, some additional cardboard or more freezer paper to do this. [Music] With the whole t-shirt covered, it’s time to remove the pieces that we’ve cut out from our design, and expose the t-shirt underneath. Carefully go through your design and lift up the cut-out
pieces by the edges. If you’ve made your connecting point
small enough, they should tear through easily. But if not, you can very carefully
take your razor blade and finish the cuts. Be sure you don’t cut down
through the T-shirt itself. [Music] Just to be sure that
none of the edges have peeled up so the bleach will get under them, let’s hit it with the iron again. You may have noticed
that I haven’t removed the second half of the design yet. And that’s because
we’re going to try and make this
in two different stages, so we have two levels
of brightness on our t-shirt. We’ll use 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water
in one of these little Spritz bottles. We’ll also want to be sure that we have
several paper towels easily at hand. [Music] Be sure you don’t have any excess
bleach on the outside of the bottle. [Music] With the mix of bleach
and water in the spray bottle, you’re now ready
to spray it over the design. I really like these Spritz bottles because the evenly
distribute your solution without laying it on too heavily. If you get too much of it on, it can soak through the shirt, and down under
the edges of the design. So you really only want a light
misting on the surface. We want to dilute the bleach
because chlorine bleach by itself is actually powerful enough that it can dissolve the fibers of the shirt. If you apply it directly,
it can eat right through the cotton. We’ll spray on our bleach solution covering all of the
exposed parts of the design. And then immediately, we’ll dab off all of the extra
liquid with some paper towels. We do that to make sure
it doesn’t soak down into the cotton, and under the design, and to try and keep our freezer paper from getting too wet. If it gets soaked,
will have a very hard time pulling it off of the shirt later. In a matter of seconds,
we can see the effect of the bleach on the black shirt. It’s obvious that some areas have received
a little bit more bleach than others. So we’ll do a second layer
and try and hit those darker spots more. Our first layer
has changed pretty well. Generally you can keep
adding more and more bleach and give it a little bit more
time to react and it will
get lighter and lighter. You have to decide
what color you want. When bleaching a black shirt,
it will usually start out sort of orange, and then as you get more
and more bleach on to it, it will turn peach
and then almost white. After a few separate
treatments of the bleach, the first half of our design
is where I want it. Now, we’ll peel off the right side
and cover all of it with more bleach. That should leave us
with the left side being very light and the right side
being sort of a dark orange. If you want a very light,
almost white color, it can really help to iron over
the bleach as it’s drying. Be aware though,
this puts chlorine gas into the air. So you should never do it indoors, where you’ll end up breathing the fumes. Once your design is to the
color and shade that you want, it’s time to remove all
of the masking and stencil, and stop their reaction
using some cold water. The pattern doesn’t look
quite as good when it’s wet. But after a quick trip to the dryer,
it should look good as new. If you don’t feel like using a stencil, you can use other methods
to apply the solution onto the shirt. You can spray it
directly from the bottle. Maybe flick some drops on with your hand, or even use a paintbrush. If you want to add the bleach
to a lot of the parts of the shirt but just mask off
a few portions, you can use tape, and either cut out
your design from that, or just lay the tape down
in the design that you want. Something else that’s
fun to do with these shirts is after you’ve stripped
the color out with some bleach, you can add a little bit
more back in if you want to. I have here some alcohol based ink. This is basically blue
permanent marker ink, and some rubbing alcohol. I’m going to add the rubbing alcohol
into the Spritz bottle and then several drops
of our blue ink. At that point, we should be able
to add that on using the spritzer to our shirt
once it’s been dried. To test how much color we get,
let’s try spritzing onto our freezer paper. We can see that the blue is very subtle. It doesn’t change the color
drastically or quickly. That’s better if you’re
spraying onto these shirts because if it’s too concentrated, and you don’t have your sprayer
positioned exactly where you want it, the color is going to go
in the wrong spot. Having a very dilute color
as much more forgiving as you can go in and add little bits of color
at a time until you reach the shade you want. YouTuber NightHawkInLight
had a video on bleach shirts as well. And in his, he had a shirt
with a rocket on it. I thought that sounded
like such a cool idea that I wanted to try on my own. [Music] As a reminder, don’t store your bleach
solution in a plastic bottle long-term. The bleach could do damage
to the bottle causing it to leak. This method of shirt designing is fast. It’s fun. And combining a bunch
of these techniques, you can come up with
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100 thoughts on “Making CUSTOM SHIRTS with Bleach

  1. That looks so cool. I've ruined custom designed my shoes accidentally when cleaning before! Orange polka dots on black vans!

  2. Interesting idea but not recommended.Spraying bleach directly on fabric will lower strenght in this place and ou must be very careful with whole proces while cutting edges.
    I prefer transfer paper and ink printer. You can design any shape and graphics.

  3. the king of random day 1: how to open beer with paper
    the king of random day 4739: how to build a exploding tv

  4. This is almost like lacquer screen printing minus the screen an lacquer though its the same basic concept. Pretty cool man👍👍👍👍👍👍

  5. Is there a chance that I might damage my lungs by spraying the bleach into the air? If so, how could I prevent that?

  6. Eddy Van's Frankenstrat design ,red ,black, white and sanded ,beat up edges. How'd we do this? Please.😎🦖

  7. I did this with my black denim jordan 4s…I bleached Nike Air on the heel with the swoosh, made them look OG in my touch, came out 🔥🔥🔥

  8. Talk about thorough! Every step , every precaution, and every result explained completely! I can't wait to make my shirts! 💖

  9. Without you guys I would be making my merchandise for a couple hundred dollars but it still look bad. But now that I’ve run into this video I can do it very cheaply but still look amazing

  10. very insightful. This is quality content. Thank you for it. I look forward to more fashion tutorials

  11. Does anyone have any idea how I can do this without freezer paper as I'm in the UK and it seems that freezer paper in the UK is like gold

  12. Every time I try I get lots of bleed through how can I fix that ? I’ve tried wiping the bleach as soon as I spray but still not working.

  13. You can put freezer paper through the printer. I iron fabric to a letter sized sheet then print on the fabric. No reason you couldn't just send the fp through by its self. Print on paper side.

  14. This is awesome. Was just thinking of turning some of my faded worn t-shirts into post apocalyptic shirts using bleach and some sort of dye. I love the King of Random. It doesn't surprise me this is what popped up in the search. Many of my own art projects involve experimenting with random stuff.

  15. Seem easy but I know if I do it on my own I’ll struggle 😒😩😂 you did a great job new subscriber. Follow my new clothing brand coming soon @livurbanapparel

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