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Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

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Metal coloring. Alcohol inks. need help

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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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