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Swellegant Violet Dye-Oxide
Dye-Oxides are a cross between solvent based dyes and patinas. All of the colors are transparent and may be blended or layered together to achieve any color. You can add multiple applications to build up the tint, or just apply one to two layers for a hint of color. All the metal coatings, patinas and dye-oxides can be layered in any order, as many times as you want. You can apply partial coatings by dabbing or splashing the color. Go ahead and experiment.
Some prefer to use the dye oxides alone over metal. Hint: if your metal is flat and plain and lacking texture, rough it up with a little steel wool. If it is plated metal, then distress the finish with steel wool, or even an abrasive pad or block. Dye-Oxide Patinas adhere best when the metal is warmed (180-200°F). You can heat the metal with a heat gun, embossing gun, or hair dryer. Remember, it will be very hot to the touch! Carefully sponge the dye oxides onto the hot metal. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES WHEN USING DYE OXIDES. You may also submerge the piece, suspending it from a piece of wire through a hanging hole.
It takes a moment for the dye to set. If you wish to add another coat to deepen the color, heat the piece again and reapply the Dye-Oxide. You may continue to repeat these steps to achieve the color you like then heat the piece, or just let it air dry. Always be sure your metal is clean and degreased; if using plated brass, distress it a bit before adding a patina, metal coating or dye oxide.
Dye-Oxides are UV safe, non-reactive, and do not contain acids. They may be applied in any manner using any traditional hot or cold patina application technique. The Dye-Oxides adhere best when the metal is warmed (180-200°F).
Swellegant dye-oxides are water soluble so you may want to mix the dyes with a sealant before they are applied. This can be the Swellegant Sealant, or any other sealant you already use with metal.
Mix the Sealant into the dye anywhere from 1:4 Sealant to dye up to 1:1 ratio.
For example, a good mix for chain is 1:3 (Sealant:dye) It can be a bit trickier to use on something moveable like chain, since the sealant will want to stick the moving parts together. Soak the chain in enough of the mix to cover it, for about an hour (cover the mix to prevent drying out). Then using gloved hands pat the excess off the chain and hang it to dry. Using a hairdryer or heat gun continue to pat off excess and move the chain continuously while it dries to keep the Sealant from clogging up the movement.
You can seal this product when the desired effect is achieved. This would go on after you let the piece set, a recommended 72 hours.
BURNISHING: Before doing this, you MUST wait 48 hours to let everything cure. Then use a cloth, burnishing wheel, or the finest steel wool possible. Burnishing will remove a thin layer from the surface and makes the metal glow. It is very much like distressing patina finishes.
Sold in a 1 oz. bottle.