Hopkins 31 Ranagan Hot Glue Dye

Posted on May 11, 2011 by

Categories: Dyeing, Equipment/Gear, Featured

I was contacted by Hopkins middie John Ranagan to come up with a fresh dye for him during Hopkins run at the tournament. He was really into the camo style that I did for him previously so I wanted to keep that theme in the new one but add a new element: the White out. So he sent over one of the new STX Surgeon 10 heads and I got to work. The first part was covering the inside of the head and cutting out the Jays and 31 on the inside of the head. Then I had to cover the outside of the head with hot glue to again begin the camo effect. Then came the dye portion of Columbia Blue. (FYI for new dyers go get RIT Evening Blue liquid and only use maybe 1/5th of the of bottle.)


After the Columbia Blue was completed I had to remove the “Y” due to Ranagan wanting to represent his hometown of Yorktown, NY. However before I could dye the Green “Y” I had to hot glue the outside again in order to make sure the Columbia Blue stayed on the head when it came to the Black dye portion. This was where it unfortunately got tricky and minor errors occurred. (New dyer tip: The hot glue in the water softend and covered a couple spots of the Green, very minor.)

After the Green was done I then cut out the King Dyes logo and then dyed the head Black. The final product came out looking really good and Ranagan has already sent his approval.

Hope everyone likes and if you have questions or comments follow me on twitter @49KingDyes and email me at kingdyes49@gmail.com.

***Ranagan wasn’t the only one who recently received a hot glue dye. Jeffe Joy from the Australian National team also received one.

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  • Raleycolin

    wat did you use to cover the inside of the head so it would stay white?

    • Kingdyes49

      Electrical Tape.

    • Kingdyes49

      Electrical Tape.

  • Bmangan

     did you cut out the the “jays” and “31″ freehand? and if so how did you get it that good? thanks

    • KingDyes49

      yes I cut them out by hand using a scalpel 

  • Mjjeffery31

     that is rediculous stuff man good shit

    • KingDyes49

      Thanks

    • KingDyes49

      Thanks

  • mmar4

    How did you manage to get all that glue? Is there some special method or does it just take forever?

    • KingDyes49

      running it under cold water is best for a bit so its hardens up enough to pull off the stick.  sometimes it will come off in chunkc other times you just need to grab some plyers and get to work

  • gottaTGIF

    whats the method I should use for multiple colors so the hot glue is easy to get off in the end?

    • KingDyes49

      running it under cold water is best for a bit so its hardens up enough to pull off the stick.

  • Rob

    How do you cut the “jays” and 31 and y so cleanly??

  • Rob

    Also how do you prevent bleeding on the electrical tape