Dye OVER and UNDER ice compared!

DOI or DUI ice-dye spiral experiment

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If you’ve watched a few ice-dyeing videos you’ve probably noticed that some people put their dye UNDER the ice, and others put the dye OVER the ice.

And if you’ve read tutorials you’ll notice that sometimes the instructions include the abbreviations DUI (dye under ice) or DOI (dye over ice).

So what’s the difference?

In this video I ice-dyed two identical white shirts. I dyed an ice-dyed spiral on each, in the same colours, and the only difference is one had the dye over ice, and the other had the dye under ice.

Let’s see how they turned out!

As you can see, there’s not a great deal of difference.

Dye under ice is a bit more precise, the colours stayed where they were placed and the colour is more uniform.

Dye over ice created a softer, more blended look.

But the colours and patterns are very similar.

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

I used Procion dyes from Dharma Trading Co in indigo, electric blue, and turquoise, but if you want something a little simpler Tulip tie-dye kits are a great option.

Thanks for watching! I’d love to hear if you decide to try it and DIY your own ice-dyed spiral. Tag @dyediyhq on Instagram or Facebook and I’ll check it out.

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