Theatrical Applications of Aniline Dye

Theodore G. Ohl


Several types of aniline dye are available. A very useful type for theatrical applications is soluble in either water or alcohol. A wide color palette is available with aniline dyes. They are also quite inexpensive, as aniline dye powder is extremely concentrated.

To mix a concentrated dye solution dissolve about a teaspoon of dye in a quart of boiling water. This concentrated solution can be stored in closed containers until needed and then diluted with water to achieve the desired color intensity. For applications that require flame-retardant qualities, the solution can be diluted with water in which flameproofing salts have been dissolved.

Shellac-based aniline dye can be used to ...

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