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Antron Fleece Anouncement!  (Read 91681 times)
Shawn Sorrell
« on: February 09, 2005, 09:51:24 am »

Just wanted to pass some information on for Kathy of Georgia Stage.  She posted this on the Muppets Central board and asked that I relay it here.

Quote from: "kathy"
The rumors are true....the Antron "Puppet" fleece is being discontinued. The company that produces the thread is no longer going to make it. The company that fabricates the material is working on a new fabric and they will have samples ready in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has found another lot of Antron thread and has purchased it. This "LAST" lot will be available mid-late March. If you need fleece or will need it in the future you can place you order to reserve. I know this puts many people in a bind for the future and I will do my best to fill all your orders. I will be putting in this "FINAL" order next week and will need a total then. If you have any questions or just want a sample of the new fabric you can email me at info@gastage.com. All the best to all my customers.

She is very busy answering emails and such about this so may not be able to stop by.  You may want to follow the post on  MC http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=18329
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2005, 12:11:16 am »

What makes Antron different from any other fleece?
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2005, 05:19:13 am »

Antron Fleece is made from a synthetic fiber produced by dupont inc. It produces a high quality fleece that is resistant to the material pilling or (getting fuzz balls) on the surface. It comes in different weights of fabric. It is a one sided fabric with a smooth backside for easy application, unlike your common polar fleece,northern lights or other brands used in commercial throws and clothing. Dupont stopped production of that product here and it is now being produced overseas causing the factorys here to stop making the fabric. However the are looking into a alternative product. Whether it meets the same standard we will see. With todays technology I sure it want be a problem, just assuring the general public it as good as antron that is yet to be seen. What do you think they will call the new stuff?
BD Fuller
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2005, 07:01:46 pm »

This new fabric replacing Antron, will it be better or worse? Does anyone know anything about this new fabric?
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2005, 10:56:38 pm »

No not yet.  I'm not even sure Kathy of Gerogia Stage has seen it yet.  Last I spoke with her she whas not even sure of the price yet.  I have been keep my ears and eyes peeled for new info and Kathy should let me know when there is more info. So I'll let everyone know when I do hear.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2005, 01:59:40 pm »

Hi Everyone,

I have seen the new fabric but have not received enough to start sending out samples yet.  That should be soon.  Anyway,  the material looks exactly like the old Antron ...but is slightly softer.  It stretches the same and I'm told dyes the same....I just don't know how it will cover seams or hold up under use.  That will be your decision.  If yo wouldlike samples and I don't have you on my list please email me.

Kathy Smiley
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2005, 07:26:25 pm »

I would like to know for those of you that use Antron Fleece. What type or brand of dyes do you use to dye this type fabric. I have found that rit dye comes out light, and the colors are not as rich as I would like. One package only dyes 3 yards of dry weight fabric. I have tried using less water and then it spots. I have tried the liquid which helps some. I am looking for a good quality dye to use on  the antron, and micro-deneir fleece. Does anyone have a suggestion?
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2005, 08:27:23 pm »

This is going to be a bit sketchy since dyeing is not my "cup of tea" but if I re-call synthtics which I am pretty sure this new fiber is dyes best by useing an acid dye process.  The only problem is that as I understand it the process if very toxic.  I have never done it but know that many folks who do a lot of dyeing swear by the results.  Let me see if I can find some more information.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2005, 08:35:11 pm »

Found some links.  First here is the Google Search that got these.  

What kinds of dyes are there -  Has some links at the bottom that may be usefull.
Glossary of Terms - May be usefull for sorting out what some of the sites say. Smiley  Also if you back up to the main site it seems to be a site that sells dyes.

Both where towards the top of the search results.  Others looked like they where sites that sell dyes but they may have good info.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2005, 08:38:34 pm »

Thanks Wildjoker, I knew this question would come up sooner or later. Hopefully folks will post on the do's and don'ts of dyeing fabric. Might be a good topic for discussion night shhh
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2006, 07:52:27 pm »

I buy rit dye in bulk of the colors that I use most. I find that it works great. When using most dyes, you want to remember that temperature plays an important role in the process.... The warmer the water the darker the color!  But be careful that you don't make the water too hot, it'll shrink some fabrics.... including antron fleece!

You will also get darker color results the longer you leave the fabric soaking in the solution, but I still find that I get better results by using very warm water. Try it out using text swatches of fabric! It's neat to see the change in shades as you submerse (spell that right?) each piece at various temperatures but for the same length of time.  Wink

Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2006, 04:55:56 pm »


Do you dye your fabric in the bathtub, washing machine, or a other resource. I tried the kitchen (made a mess) used the bathtub (made a mess) Then I have used the good ole washing machine ( again made a mess) the washing machine episode, left my under- garments matching  my puppets Embarrassed I have thought of getting one of those galvanized wash pans from the farm supply, but did'nt want to haul buckets of hot water. I guess there is no easy way to dye fabric.
I tried storing dye in gallon jars, does dyes lose strength when stored this way. I have'nt stored in them since because the powder seem to have a particles settle to the bottom and left spots on my fabric.
Any suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2006, 07:56:52 am »

I've used one of those Rubber Maid under-bed storage boxes to dye foam and one of those $5 plastic tubs with the rope handles to dye fleece.  Both seem to work well.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2006, 07:59:53 am »

Is this something you tend to do inside or outside or maybe in a garage. Do you heat the water on the stove or get it right from the tap.
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2006, 08:15:11 am »

I did it in the kitchen (tub on the floor and RM thingy on the bar) and my waterwas a mix of boiling hot/hot tap water.  It was really warm at first 140 degrees or so. (H2O heater set on 125) It was too hot to stand long, but not scalding.  I have done just hot tap with liquid Rit and it did well.

To be honest I've never tried to duplicate a color that I've done previously.  I don't know if I could do it.  I would like someone to comment on getting consistency from one batch to the other. What are the critical things and the not so critical things?  I mean how big of a range do I have on temperature?  Will solar flares mess me up?
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