coloring clear resin 'amber'???

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  1. LeMarchand

    LeMarchand Sr Member

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    For the "goldeneye device" project i need to cast amber colored transparant diamonds. Now...since i am as colorblind as a dog, i was wondering if someone can tell me how i can make an amber color using transparant paints to color the resin. What colors in what ratio?

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    thanks,

    Marc
     
  2. SG Merc

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    I would imagine that you would achieve better results using a color pigment (non opaque) in conjunction with your clear resin. Since you mix that in with your unpoured resin you would achieve a uniform coloring throughout each piece.

    Someone else might be better able to offer you some insight on using paints to achieve the effect.
     
  3. gavidoc

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    You need a coloring dye for the resin. Orange ought to do it.
     
  4. Rylo

    Rylo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well, if you're just pouring them clear and want them to look amber; you can paint it with orange 'stained glass' paint and it will look as amber as you want it too....each coat gets darker, etc.

    Newbie...jeesh :p

    Then again, if you just want to tint your resin and have it cure amber, you're gonna have to fuss with it till you get a good tone. I'd use the above method.

    I've tinted clears with food coloring and it works great. Quick and dirty.

    These were all done with FC
     
  5. LeMarchand

    LeMarchand Sr Member

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    Thanks guys :)

    I tried coloring clear resin with transparant enamel paint the other day (revell airbrush paint) and it seemed to work well, resin fully cured and got a nice even color. Is this a good option?

    As for amber, what color is it. Is it really yellow or a combination of colors (i really can't tell due to the colorblindness)

    cheers

    Marc

    P.S. Rylo, can i call you tomorrow. what time are you home from balletclass?
     
  6. exoray

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    I suspect you were not using a urethane clear?

    A water based pigment (food coloring, dye, paint) will make urethane foam at the mouth :lol

    Michaels, carries a three color Castin Craft tint set (red, blue, yellow) You could probably get a good color mix from a red/yellow combo maybe 1 red to 3 or 4 yellow ratio...
     
  7. Cenobyte

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    Marc,

    Amber is a sort of "Brownish Yellow". I wish I could describe it better for you man.
     
  8. Rylo

    Rylo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Never had a problem. Results seen above.

    Anyway; Marc. here's a few pics of what I was talking about. This stuff works rather well and browns down great for a faux amber. It's what I use.

    I just shot this clear piece with one fast coat to give you an example. It will get darker with additional coats.

    Just trying to save you a little time. (Here's the before and after)
    Looks rather close to the color you may be looking for.
     

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