Very cool, thanks!
so you’re dying them after engraving…How are you handling the engraved bits? Are you masking it, or painting around it, or creating some sort of dye stamp-pad and just magically not getting dye in the engraved area? I tried painting a keepsake box by running a sponge brush over the whole bit with some acrylics, and I realized it wasn’t my best plan. Had to rinse out the brush and try dabbing out the fill.
I’m not using dye; that would be more “floody” and hard to keep out of the engraved portions, I think. I mostly use a light coat of thinned paint, or shoe polish, or a combination of both. Either way I go lightly and just add a little at a time, so it’s pretty easy to keep out of the engraved areas. For the grays and blacks I do use the vinegar/steel wool dye, but that can go in the engraving too, so it’s not an issue.
Got it. So my initial approach of just sponging a thick layer of acrylic paint across the surface, while time-efficient, is perhaps sub-optimal… I need to be a little less engineer and a little more artist.
Or paint first, engrave later.
I thought about that, but I was worried about the moisture from the paint causing uneven lasering. Again something that could probably be rectified through patience.
I’ve done one that way, using acrylic paint, when I wanted an even color rather than my usual distressed leather look. I did let the paint dry before engraving, though.
Oh wow! Love these. So glad you posted! I am going to dig out my alcohol inks (hopefully they are still good) and try out one of those hair barrette (with the stick in it) to wear and use the alcohol inks (wow long run on sentence…I must be more tired than I thought)…anyway thank you!
Most of these were 0.65" wide, lengths varied from 6-8" long.