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 Post subject: Before I dye...
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:52 am 
Bucket Boy
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I'm new to the LEGO minifig customizing world, but at this point I am dying to try my hand at dyeing. The initial test subjects are going to be those yellow hands and heads(yeah, I'm a newbie so definitely a fleshie), figuring and hoping dyeing hands can bring them back into the useable category for me. Before I get started, thought maybe I should ask the more experienced out there.

1) Suppose you dye a head, afterwards can you still see the factory-printed details like eyes, beards, mouths?
2) Has anyone tried to achieve the color troll sand-green by using a blue hue? Maybe like a light denim-blue?


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 Post subject: Re: Before I dye...
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:56 pm 
Chief Smithy
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I haven't dyed anything, so I'll be interested in your results.

But, I would say yes to #1, you will want to get the factory-printed details off if they are not what you prefer after dying (regarding removing print).
I would also image that the print will be tainted in color ... which would require you to 'darken up' the print via ... an ultra-point sharpie or such, a decal overlay, or paint.

Be sure to show your results!

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 Post subject: 1st attempt - epic fail!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:47 am 
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Tried a tiny test run, but results weren't there. Wanted to try 1oz water (initial temp is 206f), 5ml acetone, Rit Dye appx. 1/2tsp. The water quickly cools from my pot to the glass measuring cup. But now I realize my acetone calc was way under as far as wanting a 25-30% ratio. And the water was too much, closer to 2oz vs 1oz really. Tried Denim Blue to see if that and the yellow hands would give a green finish - not really, now the hands look like they got a light dusting of blue, so next run I'll stay truer to the color I am trying to hit.


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 Post subject: Re: Before I dye...
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:23 am 
Chief Smithy
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Interesting, your 'test subjects' could prove useful for showing 'effects' from places, weapons, or environments. Of course, I'm thinking sci-fi, but, could be great for some environmental things even in LoTR themes.
Can't wait to hear how your next test goes.

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 Post subject: Re: Before I dye...
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:12 am 
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Yes, you described it perfectly. The resulting look reminds me of when I was a kid trying to build model dioramas and reading on how the masters would try for a "weathered" look, dirt, oil, fade, etc. I will try to get some pics up, but getting the camera set up and pics photobucketed could take some time...


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 Post subject: Re: Before I dye...
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:29 pm 
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Very cool.

What type of dye are you using?

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