Ted Damson wrote:^^
what he said, plus...
I recently tested a long-brewing idea for hotstamping discs at home, without a metal die, and without mass-produceable results. It looks AWESOME, it's unique, and it'll be the rocket ship to take your dyes NUCULER.
I'll post some better instructions soon, because I have to buy another set of tools to test. A video tutorial will follow.
If anyone wants to start trial/erroring on their own, here's the golden ticket:
- woodburning tool
- silver or gold leaf (in a double layer, as single layer will burn/tear)
- lightly adhere the leaf to your disc... a little water will hold it.
- lightly adhere the second layer of leaf to the first... same light moisture method
- heat your woodburning tool
- tap tap tap away... gentle pressure will melt the plastic so that it gives slightly, and that's your sign that the heat has stuck your metal leaf and plastic together.
- when finished, rub away excess leaf under running water
- repeat to fill in missed spots
I'm getting a new kit with pen tips and whatnot... so far it's limited to stippling designs, and lines are difficult. Hoping a round tip or a wide calligraphic tip will help with lines.
The result looks great, and has a stamp depth about equal to Discraft's, or near Gateway's if you press harder. It's the same method as mechanical hotstamping... a heated element presses a thin foil into the plastic, and the heat melts the plastic, bonding the foil to the plastic. I was able to scratch at the stamp and not remove it, so it seems as durable as a factory stamp.
ChUcK wrote:Now that the season has slowed down for those of us who don't live in the south, the word of the day is "get all your DG buddies over to the house with the crappiest garage and dye some discs!"
That's actually a lot of words. It doesn't change the fact that I want to see fresh dyes all over this board, each from another newcomer to the hobby. It seems to me that seeing cool custom discs flying around our parks can only lead to even more interest in the sport, and lead to further growth. So get some RIT, an xacto, some vinyl scraps from a local shop, and rig up a little dye laboratory. There are so many fresh ideas in people's minds as to what would be a cool dye, what would be a cool technique to try out, etc. and I'm hoping Tim and I can light the fuse that will lead to even better disc art in the future.
Good luck, and remember to post pictures of your failures as well as successes so the dyers on this board can give you tips for your dips!
spitfire wrote:how much they have faded or started to bleed making them look not so good.
ChUcK wrote:So get some RIT, an xacto, some vinyl scraps from a local shop,
Craig Smolin wrote:question about doing more than one color: if you do a base color, say black, do you need to cover it before dipping into a second color? what if the base color is something other than black? I get the concept of initially exposing what you want dyed black, just a bit unsure of how to proceed from there. from the looks of the first video (scarface disc) it looks like the portion of the disc dyed black is left exposed to the red dye? Is this correct?
Craig Smolin wrote:say you dye a portion green, then want to do another portion blue... do you cover up the green? with what? if you don't, does the green portion absorb the blue dye and change color slightly?
Craig Smolin wrote:So, what do you guys use to cover up a section you don't want dyed? More contact paper? Masking tape? What color order do you dye in? Obviously doing a black layer and then a single color layer is simple (black first, color second). But a third color?
Craig Smolin wrote:Also, does stepping up to "sign vinyl" make cutting easier or harder?
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