Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

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mrosenow
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Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Post by mrosenow » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:50 pm

I have been rusting my art and just spray bombing stuff for years but now want to get more vibrant colors and start clear coating more. I see the Steel FX products but they look very expensive, especially when you are doing larger items. Is there a DIY way to make alcohol inks or a metal dye? I see some people using RIT fabric dye and isopropyl alcohol but it doesn't look like it works that great.

Any help?

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Re: Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Post by sawdust1 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:51 pm

I will ask my wife, she used her card-making alcohol inks on a couple of mothers day projects I made. They looked very vibrant, she was not sure how long term durable they were.

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Re: Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Post by jakeg » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:52 am

Fx patinas is a little expensive to start but they go a long ways once you learn how to use them. VeRyan easy to learn

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Re: Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Post by ford_gt2005 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:13 am

Alcohol ink fades in the sun. Not good for out doors. Even with a automotive clear coat on them .

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Re: Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Post by perry365 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:03 pm

Gotta second what jakeg said. I bit the bullet and bought the Steel FX starter kit and my work looked so much better I found myself quickly ordering gallon jugs of the patinas I liked best. they do cover quite a bit of metal if used per directions, definitely takes your work to the next level.

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Re: Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Post by handzon » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:11 pm

Have you tried any food coloring? Use the gel type for cake decorating apply with brush clean Part with alcohol or lacquer thinner. Clear coat with gloss enamel or powder coat clear. Very inexpensive compared to alternatives.

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