Dye your own BlueBills!
BlueBills are in circulation but are rare. The best way to get them is to dye your own.
Dying regular (green) US currency Blue not only alters the color but ritually cleanses
the money itself. You can dye bills perfectly well without awareness of
this, but since it is a powerful ritual for scrubbing money of any
shady past, we hope you will make that awareness part of your
participation in dying clean currency.
We do ask that you not sell BlueBills for more than face value. Even though
BlueBills are hard to find and people want them, making them "scarce"
and therefor "valuable" in the eyes of the regular money system, this
movement is one of belief in ABUNDANCE. Think of BlueBills as abundant
enough to waste, not because they are easy to find but because anyone
can make their own and the impulse behind BlueBills is generosity to your neighbors
. Sure they are worth more than regular money, but let this extra value be the gift you delight in sharing!
You can get fresh new bills at most banks. [And
don't worry about screwing it up; even if you mess up the printing or
accidentally render your bills "un-negotiable" they can still be
recycled at the bank.]You have to start with real currency
. (No cheating! That will land you in jail.)
Print the text on the backs of the bills first, then dye them
afterwards. If you dye your own bills please let us know. We also want to hear your experiences!
Print BlueBills text lines using your own printer
TWO LINES OF TEXT should appear on the BACK MARGINS of the bill:
you are only printing a few bills or the bills are not very flat (to
feed easily into the printer) you can easily print a few bills with the
text above using these instruction. If you're doing more than a few,
skip to the blue Production Method
the "BlueBills Text Sheet" and print it on normal office paper (US
Letter size), noting which direction you fed the sheet in.
a bill face down on top of the text printed on your text sheet using
the rectangle as a positioning guide and orienting the bill the same
up/down direction as the text.
- Tape the leading
edge (the edge that gets sucked into the printer) directly on top of the
printed lines of the test sheet so the margins of the bill lines up
with the text. (start with a bill-size piece of paper to test the
- When the test run lines up to your
satisfaction, tape the bill exactly as you did the "dummy" and,
following the last step again, proceed to print, this time on the actual
To print more than a few, follow the instructions below under Print BlueBills text lines using your own printer
. Start by downloading the The BlueBills Text Sheet
1. Print the "BlueBills
Text Sheet" on your printer, using normal office paper (US
Letter size), noting the paper feed orientation. (this file can
be downloaded by way of the link above or below.)
2. Place a
dollar bill next to your printed sheet to be sure the text lines up and
will be readable on the clear portion of the margins on the back of the
bill. If the text does not line up with the bill margins, make
adjustments until they do.
Make a sleeve
3. Fold a half sheet of paper around a bill to create a sleeve that will feed bills into printer (in blue here).
Mark sleeve position
the sleeve with the test sheet in the exit tray to be sure the two text
lines line up with the sleeve. Mark the edges with a pencil on the
printer's paper feed tray or on a piece of tape.
Tape sleeve in place
5. Remove the
test sheet and, keeping the sleeve aligned with the marks, tape the
sleeve to the plastic feed tray so that the bills can be fed through it
and engaged by the rollers to be fed into the printer.
Try alignment with a dummy.
6. Cut some "dummy bills" from scrap paper, mark them for orientation and, inserting them through the sleeve, print the "BlueBills
Text page" again. If all is well the dummy bill will be printed on the
back with the two lines of text where the back top and bottom margins
would be if this were a bill.
If the alignment was off on the test with the dummy bill then make adjustments until the feed sleeve is properly lined up.
Check dummy print.
the dummy bill print to be sure your alignment is good. If not, make
adjustments to the sleeve (or, if it's really off to the document
8. When the alignment looks good on the dummy, insert a real bill, orienting to be sure the text will be right side up.
the newer the bill, the better the result. If the bill is crinkled it
may not feed straight or jam. Then either use a newer bill or use the
"Quick method" described above.
9. You should now have two clear lines of text in the back top and bottom margins of the bill.
10. Print as many as you like, then you're ready to dye!
If you are applying the text lines by printing, print first, then dye
so the the bill is flat for feeding through the printer. If you are
using a rubber stamp for the text, dye first, then stamp.]
our dingy basement bill-making mad lab we use rubber stamps to print
the above text on crinkly bills. If you want to go into production
(PLEASE!) you can order stamps yourself locally. Then, go out and spend
your bills! (It's a good way to get out of the labcoat and meet girls,