Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth)
GENUS
Phellodon
SPECIES
niger
TYPE
Tooth Fungus
COMMON NAMES
Black Tooth
BATCH:
01
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: wool, Mordent: iron
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: wool, Mordent: tin
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: wool, Mordent: alum
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: silk, Mordent: iron
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: silk, Mordent: tin
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: silk, Mordent: alum
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: linen, Mordent: iron
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: linen, Mordent: titanium oxalate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
titanium oxalate
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: linen, Mordent: aluminum acetate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
aluminum acetate
DYE PREPARATION
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: wool, Mordent: iron
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: wool, Mordent: tin
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: wool, Mordent: alum
FIBER
wool
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: silk, Mordent: iron
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: silk, Mordent: tin
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
tin
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: silk, Mordent: alum
FIBER
silk
MORDENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: linen, Mordent: iron
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: linen, Mordent: titanium oxalate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
titanium oxalate
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Fiber: linen, Mordent: aluminum acetate
FIBER
linen
MORDENT
aluminum acetate
DYE PREPARATION
CONDITION
dried
PARTS
entire mushroom
PRE-SOAK
VINEGAR
pH
9
RATIO
1:1
TEMP
160° F
TIME
1.5 hr.
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: base
PIGMENT
base
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: alum
PIGMENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: citric acid
PIGMENT
citric acid
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: iron
PIGMENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: copper acetate
PIGMENT
copper acetate
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: soda ash
PIGMENT
soda ash
PIGMENT PREPARATION
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: base
PIGMENT
base
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: alum
PIGMENT
alum
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: citric acid
PIGMENT
citric acid
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: iron
PIGMENT
iron
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: copper acetate
PIGMENT
copper acetate
Dye mushroom: Phellodon niger (Black Tooth), Pigment: soda ash
PIGMENT
soda ash
PIGMENT PREPARATION
CONDITION
dried
PARTS
entire mushroom
RINSE
Three times
BINDER
gum arabic
TEMP
85° F
BATCH NOTES

I love tooth fungus! The colors they yield are my kind of colors. They are beautiful and complex to work with in the dye pot. They love an alkaline bath and like to have their pH shifted within the first 5-10 minutes of working them. I used calcium carbonate to shift my dye baths to pH 9. There is a long tradition of using ammonia with tooth fungus and I might try a test to compare the results on fiber. You have to be sure to maintain the dye bath at pH 9 throughout the duration of the dye bath. Cellulose fibers love high alkaline environments so they respond very well to the dye from tooth fungus. Don’t worry if your fibers look like they have a brown tinge on them in the dye bath as all tooth fungus do this and the brown washes out. If you aren’t happy with the results of your color you can also dip your fibers in an alkaline after bath to shift the colors.

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