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Anodized!: Brilliant Colors & Bold Designs for Aluminum by Clare Stiles

By Clare Stiles

Really good, daring, and completely cool anodized aluminum makes it effortless to create enjoyable and crowd pleasing photograph jewelry.
This entry-level publication introduces the straightforward but stunning paintings of coloring pre-anodized sheets of aluminum utilizing such suggestions as dip and overdyeing, hand portray, dripping, spraying, silk screening, and extra. Twelve step by step tasks consultant readers in the course of the technique of turning the coloured aluminum into jewellery. an in depth gallery all through will motivate them.

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Between submersion baths, try removing and replacing the tape in different positions. As with most tapes, masking tape will leave behind a sticky residue. This will have an effect on any dyeing done after the tape is removed, but it can also make for interesting outcomes, so use it to your advantage! Removable glues and solvent-based dyes also resist water-based dyes and allow for contrasting color combinations. Other methods for resisting a dye. such as photocopy transfer, acetate, and PNP relief.

Peel the cooled acetate off the aluminum sheet. The photocopy ink will be left on the metal surface (photo 11). continued on next page Dyeing 51 Press & Peel (PNP) Paper Resist continued from previous page 5. Over-dye the sheet (in this sample, purple dye was used), and steam it to seal the color (photo 12). 6. Remove the ink with a thinner to reveal the original color, in this instance red (photo 13). The same process used for making an acetate resist can be used with press-and-peel paper (also known as PNP) with one exception-PNP paper can be printed by a photocopier or by a laser printer.

58 Anodized! 4. Place the screen on top of the acetate and into an exposure unit. UV lights will shine up through the design to harden the coating in parts. Exposure times vary, depending on the mesh you're using and the quality of your photocopy acetate. 5. Use a gentle jet of water to wash away the emulsion that hasn't been hardened, leaving a stencil of the design to be printed. 6. Place the anodized aluminum under the screen and line up the image above the metal surface. Important: The screen should not move during this process, so either enlist another pair of hands to hold the screen down or securely clamp it to your work surface.

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