Lets begin with a low-quality image of myself, stirring a vat of deep purple reactive dye.
See that rat-tail shaped mass in the pot?
Hang with me.....
After Zach Balkcom and I boiled it and dried it, the first portion I unwrapped looked like this.
AAAAAAND this is what we wound up with.
Let's end with another low-quality image of myself. For scale.