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I have made a few blanks and have used clear acrylic with a few drops of dye in it to change it to the color I want. I've been having problems making the blanks opaque. I can still see through them. I was wondering if I'm supposed to use a powder type dye to make it opaque, or just use more drops of dye. I used 20 drops of red dye in one blank and I can still see through it. Do they make acrylic that is in different colors other than clear? Maybe that's where I'm going wrong. I hope this makes sense. This is my first time on here, so I don't have all the pen-lingo down. lol Thank you :)
 
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DozerMite

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First... visit the library. You will find tons of info there.

To get opaque... start with Pearl-X. It's inexpensive and easily obtained.
Then you can try Coastalscents for additional colors.
 

NewLondon88

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Also be aware that there are opaque and translucent dyes. Translucent dyes won't
go opaque. Opaque dyes tend to have more solids in them.
 

jaeger

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I picked up some opaque dyes at Hobby Lobby. They had both opaque and translucent varieties. I made mine quite a bit darker than I thought they looked while stirring and I could have gone darker still. The Hobby Lobby also had some Mother of Pearl-White pearlizing powder that seemed to work very well. I found that the colored powders that I tried added a lot of activity/ bubbles as it cured. Maybe I didn't mix it right, but the white pearl seemed to work nice for me. Very cool!!!
I think, if even one of the dyes is opaque you will be OK if you mix dark enough. They even had a white opaque that they claim give pastel effect.
Here is another tip if you only have yellow, blue and red.

Red + Blue = Violet
Blue + Yellow = Green
Red + Yellow = Orange
4 drops orange and 1 drop blue = Brown
 
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