Introduction: DIY Crush Bleached Jeans

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The bleached denim trend is still kicking and looked easy enough to tryout on a pair of jeans that needed some reviving. With a little inspiration from some Free People jeans I've seen, I decided to experiment with studs to give them more of the rock-and-roll look.

In this instructable I'll show you how to bleach a pair of jeans and also add some metal studs.

This is a really easy project, but definitely worth practicing a few times before trying this on your favorite jeans.

Step 1: Materials

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1 pair of gloves
1 bucket
1 pair dark jeans
2 rubber bands
1 large bowl or other liquid container
1 bottle bleach
1 measuring cup

Step 2: "Crush" Your Jeans

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Take your jeans and ball them up.

Then use the rubberbands to keep it in a ball shape.

Place the jeans in the bucket.

Step 3: Mix Bleach

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Put your gloves on.

Mix 1 part bleach and 4 parts water in the bowl before you put it in the bucket (this is probably unnecessary). 

Then pour over the jeans into the bucket. Add enough bleach/water mixture to cover the jeans. I ended up using about 5 cups of bleach.

Step 4: Wait and Observe

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After an hour, check the progress. My jeans took about 2.5 hours.

I checked on them by moving the rubberbands or pulling them apart a bit to see if there are signs of color change.

Different jeans, take different amounts of time. I tried 3 different types of jeans before these, and had pretty diverse results.

Step 5: Wash and Wear

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Once you see the desired color results, take them out of the bleach bucket and rinse as thoroughly as possible. I used the rinse only cycle on my washing machine, but you could also rinse in the sink or tub.

Then put the jeans through a complete wash alone.


fonzuzu (author)2012-08-18

I made these! My fav jeans got a bleach spot right on the butt and I couldn't wear then for two years. But I did this and I'm wearing then right now!!!! I just wish I'd seen this earlier cuz they became a little short :P

carmesan (author)fonzuzu2012-08-21

That's awesome! Try cuffing them, that's always a good way to help with an imperfect length.

wilgubeast (author)2012-06-13

The "putting on the gloves" photo is awesome. And the jeans look good.

carmesan (author)wilgubeast2012-06-13

ahahahahahaha, sick.

scoochmaroo (author)2012-06-13

I remember doing this in the 80s :D
Love what you did with the studs too!

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