Meet the Dichro-Marblings

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Bob in SF

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Tom and Sue met at the library while researching the underpiinings of their colorific dichroic natures - starting with Sir Isaac Newton's Opticks (1704):


They liked what they learned, got married, vowed to resonate and stay on the bright side of life. The pre-nups did not include a nonproliferation treaty, so they got amorous and begat Billy and Floribunda.

Meet the Dichro-Marblings; steps:
Coat the brass tubes with 2 coats of Daniel Smith watercolor ground, dry 1 day between coats.
Color-tone the tubes with handmade watercolor paints - see earlier post here:
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f13/handmade-watercolor-pens-150722/
Dip the stoppered/toned tubes in Alum (2tbs in a quart of water), dry x 4 hours.
Thicken tepid water with methyl cellulose - 1 tbs methyl cellulose + 1 tbs ammonia + 1 tsp white distilled vinegar - mix gently with a wire whisk - let it rest for and hour to "debubble".
Gently drop various colors of Golden High Flow acrylic paints onto the surface, stir carefully with home made rakes (T-pins,through soft wood, dowel handle).
Wiggle the tube down through the floating painting, wiggle it back out, then gently rinse in fresh H2O; dry x 8+ hours.
Repeat the marbling through a fresh painting, rinse, dry overnight.
Tube-in cast with Douglas and Sturgess PR mixed with bits of dichroic film and copper flake, 50psi.
Cure x 1 week.
Turn and finish as usual.




They are living happily ever after so far (disclaimer: results may vary, and circumstances are subject to change without prior notice).

Happy Saturday to all - Bob
 

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Xel

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It's apparent a fair amount of time went into the process. I'm especially partial to the embedded flakes adding another dimension to the finished pens. Stunning work.
 

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Very nice, thanks for sharing the process.
I've thought there should be a Bash contest for the most innovative new idea of the past year. But you would win it hands down every year.
 

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Wow! If you were a Minister, Pastor, or Priest, you would have been able to take one word and made 10 sermons out of it! You parse colors much better than I can parse Greek!

Beautiful in word and deed! :biggrin:
 

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Like the woman at the next table in the restaurant in "When Harry Met Sally," I want whatever you are having. Your imaginative work is amazing.
 

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Amazing results from your in-house artistic copulation! :eek::biggrin:

These are definitely stand out pens....nothing out there like these.....keep them coming!
 

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Heartfelt thanks Mike, Art, Darrell, Renee, Greg, Mal, Hank, Don, and Charlie!

Always glad share the methods - no secrets here.

Hank - wish I could parse Greek.

Charlie - fun comment!

The method works well on sanded wood - just be sure to use alum before dipping - here's the first (triply marbled maple) of a run of marbled stoppers for some artist friends - will probably protect with Alumi UV resin:



Happy Monday to all - Bob
 

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You sir are one intriguing character.

Thanks for showing and sharing your wisdom with us mere mortals.

What does the alum do exactly?


Heartfelt thanks Mike, Art, Darrell, Renee, Greg, Mal, Hank, Don, and Charlie!

Always glad share the methods - no secrets here.

Hank - wish I could parse Greek.

Charlie - fun comment!

The method works well on sanded wood - just be sure to use alum before dipping - here's the first (triply marbled maple) of a run of marbled stoppers for some artist friends - will probably protect with Alumi UV resin:



Happy Monday to all - Bob
 

Bob in SF

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What does the alum do exactly? (Phil/Firewhatfire)...

Alum = Potassium aluminum sulfate, which is an essential mordant that binds colors to paper or wood or fabric or other (usually fibrous, or in the case of my marbled pens watercolor ground pre-treated) surface - without alum, the colors will wash off.

Best regards - Bob
 
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