Trading Places

So, after the printing comes the drying and the first signs are that I’ve made some successful prints.

The effect before baking is not nearly as effective as after baking.

This is the red and black with hot air being blown on it before baking (above) and after baking (below)

And below the red and black as it returns to room temperature and the colours return.

In the main image for this post you can see the dyes going from coloured to colourless in a sequence.

Watch this space for more!


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About L.Calder

I am a designer maker mainly specialising in the field of textiles and design. I use colour changing and responsive dyes combined with simple electronics to create colourful pieces of work that can change depending on environment and programming. I also work with various materials and imagery to communicate concepts and ideas as well as create artefacts that are engaging and visually stimulating.

2 responses to “Trading Places”

  1. Andrew Kieran says :

    Thermochromic dyes that fade when heated? Do they actually change colour or do they go transparent, revealing the colour upon which they’re overlayed?

    • codedchromics says :

      Hi Andrew,
      They go from coloured to colourless (theoretically!) You can overprint with them yes! Depending on the colour used you can get some that can be heated to colourless pretty well. As is the same for most of these things the effects vary between dyes. Some just fade and some appear to change colour slightly whilst still fading. I’ll update as my experiments continue.

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