Frequently Asked Questions
Inkodye works best over light to medium values. Because it is a dye, it does not coat the fabrics like a paint would. It actually become part of the fiber, and therefore will not add color to a black or dark-colored material.Last updated:
Inkodye binds to any absorbent natural fiber such as cotton, linen, raw silk, jute, hemp, burlap, wool and even raw leather, suede, untreated wood and unglazed ceramics.
For photographic applications we recommend materials that can be rinsed and washed in hot water and textile detergent. This allows the light areas of the print to remain undeveloped.
Inkodye can also be used on cellulosic semi-synthetics such as modal, viscose or rayon. We do not recommend Inkodye for use on synthetic fibers such as polyester or nylon, however blends (e.g. 95% cotton and 5% polyester) may yield good results.
Inkodye will not work on materials that aren't natural and also materials that can't absorb the dye; ie. glass, metal, plexiglass, acrylicLast updated:
Absolutely! Inkodye colors can be mixed to create a wide variety of hues. Mixing Inkodye works off the same principles as paint mixing (i.e. red + orange = red-orange, red + blue = violet) Inkodye can also be http://snapguide.com/guides/dilute-inkodye-with-water/
Because Inkodyes don't exhibit their full colors until they are exposed you will need to do test strips on the material you intend to use before starting a project or mixing a large batch.Last updated:
On absorbent materials like cotton, 1 oz covers 1 sq ft. On less absorbent materials like wood 1 oz covers 4 sq ft. of wood.
In metric, 30ml covers approximately 0.09m2 of cotton, or 0.36m2 of wood. The 4oz bottle is equal to 118ml of dye and the 16 oz bottle is 473ml of dye.
You can also dilute Inkodye with water up to 1:1 ratio and still get full saturation.Last updated:
The Lumi Process works in overcast weather but it takes about twice as long (20-40mn). For best results we recommend direct sunlight.
Some of our users have had success working with UV exposure units designed for alternative photo processes or screen printing. You'll need to use strong UV or actinic light bulbs to develop the dye. We're still researching this technique ourselves, and will keep you updated when we find the right solution.Last updated:
Yes! The chemistry of our process is based on the most permanent family of dyes, known as vat dyes. These are the same group of dyes used to color service/military uniforms, and can even be bleach-washed. Inkodye allows you to create permanent prints on garments that you wear every day.Last updated:
Yes! If you take care not wrinkle them, they can be wiped down with a bit of water and window cleaning solution. We've used some of our negatives 10-20 times without any issues.Last updated:
Our products are intended for adult use, they do not feature child safe packaging. The dyes are water-based and are the safest photographic emulsion available. Once washed, printed garments are safe to wear. The chemistry of our process is based on the same family of dyes used to color blue jeans and service uniforms. That said, the safety precautions below must be followed when using Inkodye.
Our dyes have been certified as having no chronic toxicity by a certified toxicologist. Our products conform to the http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/fhsatext.html#sec23 (Conforms to ASTM D-4236). We are committed to the health and safety of everyone who enjoys Inkodye, which is why we recommend using normal precaution to prevent unnecessary spilling, skin contact and ingestion. Children love to watch the magical color development, but should not use Inkodye unsupervised. Our dyes are water-based and only require household soap and water cleanup - we recommend that you wash your hands thoroughly after use and / or use gloves to prevent prolonged skin contact and staining! We recommend using the sun to develop your prints, but if you choose to iron wet Inkodye articles indoors please work in an environment with adequate ventilation!
Based on a board certified toxicological review completed in 2011, the precautions on the bottle are as follows:
Caution: Avoid ingestion and eye contact. In case of eye contact rinse with water. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. When using do not eat, drink or smoke. Keep out of reach of children.
MSDS information and more detail is available at http://help.lumi.coLast updated:
Inkodye is made in the USA - at our workshop in sunny Los Angeles, California. We strive to support our local economy and source the best ingredients we can find.Last updated:
Inkodye works best when used within 2 years. Make sure to store it in a cool, dark place. Shake well before use!Last updated:
Yes! Thanks to your overwhelming support, Lumityper is going to be adapted to Android! The funds exceeding our goal will help us roll out the app as soon as possible.
The iPhone version will come out first but we've started planning for Android and need your help deciding which devices to develop for. Please fill out the form linked below, and we'll keep in touch with you when we have news about the Android version.
Remember you can still use Photoshop, http://Pixlr.com and other image editing software to create negatives.Last updated:
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