Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks Earthtones - Slate
Acid-free, fast drying transparent coordinating dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished stone effect. Alcohol inks are an intensely concentrated dye dissolved in alcohol. They are permanent and once dried, are not water soluble. These alcohol inks work great on metal and are the perfect material for coloring translucent polymer clay.
Alcohol Blending Solution is available for lightening colors and cleaning inks from non-porous surfaces.
Note: Adirondack Alcohol Inks were not designed for use with ICE Resin and has only had limited colorizing success. We recommend creating a small test piece and wait the recommended curing time.
Basic Instruction for Metal & Polymer Clay
- Start with clean metal, to remove all traces of skin oils and anything else that may resist or affect the ink.
Wash both sides of your metal thoroughly with liquid dish soap.
- After washing off all of the dish soap, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto both sides of your metal and scrub it well with a toothbrush, scrubbing in the same direction as the grain. If no grain, use a light circular motion.
Dry thoroughly with a paper towel.
- Do not let your skin touch the metal as this may add oil back to the piece.
- Add one drop at a time. Liquid will spread quickly. Blend with Q-tip if necessary.
- Let dry completely before handling.
- Seal with a water based sealer.
- Make a thin sheet of translucent polymer clay.
- Squeeze drops of alcohol ink onto the translucent polymer clay. The alcohol ink will dry faster if spread over a larger area. Add a drop or two at a time.
- Spread the alcohol ink over the surface of the sheet of clay with a palette knife.
- Clean knife with rubbing alcohol immediately after use.
- Let the ink dry completely before incorporating to mix the color.
- Knead the clay ensuring the color is mixed all the way through. A Pasta machine can also be used.
- If a more intense color is needed, roll out the clay and add more ink and follow the steps as noted above.