They are done!
If you missed it, the first part of my batik adventure was documented here.
I wasn't worried about the dying part of the batik equation since I do that all the time (instructions here.)
but I was a bit unsure of how much of a pain getting the wax out of the fabric would be. You see, the fabric comes out of the dyebath still crusty with wax.
The book says how long to boil the fabric but not how long it might take to massage the wax out of the fabric. Hmm. I was a bit trepidatious about this step anyway because my skin is wussy...really sensitive to heat. Double hmm.
I boiled out the teal fabrics and the undyed tree shape first. I discovered that the massaging process was comfortable and didn't take too long (10 minutes maybe?) However, when I boiled out the mustard and rose fabrics the next day, it took a lot longer to massage the last bit of wax out. This is probably because the teal fabrics total maybe 1/2 yard and the mustard + rose fabrics are about 1.5 yards. Big difference. And I think the the mustard + rose fabrics were more densely packed with wax, too. I should probably stick to boiling out no more than a yard at a time.
Anyway, the results:
on Flickr). However, I couldn't find a suitable one (metal, flat-bottomed.) Then, wandering around the hardware store, I saw that drain cover and it was metal and flat with an interesting pattern. It has the disadvantage of lacking a handle, but the clamp held it really nicely (it has a few metal bits that stand up...ripe for grabbing).
After everything had been through the washer, I took the fabrics to show my 2-year-old friend and he said "Pretty!"
and then he gathered them up and ran around with them and said "Rossie? Have it?" Sorry, little dude, you cannot have them. They are going into quilts!
This is the first time I've used Pimatex (a high thread-count prepared-for-dye fabric). Apparently the high thread count helps it hold and then evict the wax. Added bonus: it hardly frays! I had to snip maybe three loose threads!
The mustard and rose fabrics have a quilt that they are destined for. Since I knew the size of blocks I would need, I had taken a sharpie and marked out blocks onto one piece of fabric before adding the wax.