Alcohol Inks

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First time using alcohol inks on a project, and I must say, I’m impressed. The colors are vivid and unlimited in tones. The Basswood was a good medium to experiment on. The project itself had some pretty steep cuts (18 degree slopes) and it took a fair amount of practice cuts. The star and backer are finished with Gloss Lacquer. The frame (Pine) is finished with Natural Danish Oil tinted with Teak Alcohol Ink

-- Third Armored Division - Spearhead

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#1 posted 01-01-2020 02:42 PM

Very nice! I just used alcohol inks to dye some beach plane handles black a week ago and was blown away by how well it worked. The beach just soaked that color right up.

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#2 posted 01-01-2020 07:18 PM

Wow, Mustanger! Would this be called a Penrose Pentagram?

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#3 posted 01-02-2020 12:00 PM

Thanks for posting I will look up the inks.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 01-02-2020 04:11 PM

Phil32 – thanks. My use of “Star” sounds so undistinguished, “Penrose Pentagon” it is!

-- Third Armored Division - Spearhead

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#5 posted 01-02-2020 04:40 PM

That is a very cool design and the colors are very vibrant. Congrats on the Daily Top 3!
I’m going to jump in this post and bring up a question that may need to be addressed.

I’ve only used alcohol inks on ceramic tile for an art project and I was surprised at how quickly the inks/colors faded. On certain materials, alcohol inks will fade especially if exposed to direct sunlight, humidity and other conditions.
I DO NOT know if that will happen on wood.

There are finishes that provide some U.V. protection and they help keep the colors bright but so will glass rated for u.v. protection and keeping the piece out of direct sunlight. I am wondering if gloss laquer has u.v. protection or if you can find one that does.

Back to your piece. It is beautiful and well done. Nice work on the acute angles.
Like I’ve mentioned, I don’t know if alcohol inks will fade on wood but they are not lightfast.
Just being aware of their qualities may help in keeping the colors bright.

Here is a link with a little more info but remember, this is using alcohol inks on other substrates and not wood.

I would check into strong U.V. protection from a marine varnish and maybe a u.v. blocking pane of glass for the pieces with ink.

Again, I haven’t used either in wood working but I have used u.v. blocking (conservation) glass on framed black and white photos. You can get them in a matte finish too which is nice.


ps… that link leads to an article about dyes used in inks.
Since woodworkers use dyes I started wondering about how lightfast they are. This article goes into stains vs dyes.
I am interested in this subject but again I have no experience beyond using the big box commercial stains I can buy in quart cans.

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#6 posted 01-02-2020 06:44 PM

I have used regular food colorings on carvings. Since they are also alcohol based, they may perform the same. The two chameleons were stained with green & yellow food colorings. These were applied 14 years ago (the photo may be a couple years old.)

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#7 posted 01-05-2020 11:03 PM

Outta sight!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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