WSF Water Colour Dyeing

Discussion in 'Finishing Techniques' started by Schmiegel, May 22, 2010.

  1. Schmiegel
    Schmiegel New Member
    Water Colour Dyeing

    I had a WSF Gyroid that urgently needed some colouring. As I don't like bold colours I decided to do a little experiment. What would it look like to pour different tones of water colour through the WSF material to see what happens in the areas where to colours merge and what comes out at the gyroid's bottom. Turned out fairly okay but different than expected - I thought more of the colour would reach the gyroids bottom ...

    WaterColour.jpg

    I took four colours for that experiment to make onion style circles around the trigonal gyroid axis. Yellow/Pink/Turquoise/Blue.
    Pink was mostly eaten by Turquoise, Orange ran fine through the center and Blue was applied using a brush.

    Finally I tried to give the coloured WSF thingy a smooth surface using an epoxy spray can. It needed only a few rounds before the first areas became smooth and after that it needed A LOT of rounds when spotting again and again areas that I had overlooked before. A Gyroid has much areas to overlook :)
    Well, when I was done I had used more than half of the 400 ml can ...
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2010
  2. gibell
    gibell Well-Known Member
    Wow! It looks very nice! Great job! :eek:

    Presumably, you must use the spray finish or it will run if it gets wet. How did you apply the watercolor colors?
     
  3. Schmiegel
    Schmiegel New Member
    Thank you,

    yes, the spray finish was used to make the object dust & water proof - (especially dust proof as for some strange reason I got lots of it at home :confused) - also I have read here about people applying it to get a nice glossy result.
    Wanted to see that too.

    For colouring I prepared some ml of liquid colour per tone. When pouring this from top over the previously drenched wet object it was interesting to see how the colour runs and spreads (about 1 cm from where it is flowing). But WSF was absorbing the colour more than I thought - so the objects bottom has clearly more subtle colouring.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2010