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Project by Sodabowski posted 12-17-2011 01:21 AM 902 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yup. Printer ink stained ivy wood. And a first try with my quick-slapped homemade cardboard softbox.

Alas, my speedlight was out of battery juice, so I had to use my camera’s built-in flash with a handheld mirror to force the light beam into the softbox.
Oh, well, next time I’ll have nuclear power to play with.

And oh, yeah, I totally screwed up when focusing.

Comments, rantings, standing ovation, whatever welcome.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!





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SASmith

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 02:01 AM

That’s a good looking pen.
Nice trick with the printer ink.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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ed220

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 02:50 AM

Interesting idea and a nice pen.

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llwynog

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 11:00 AM

Hi Thomas,
Did you do a lot of experimenting with the ink jet ink ?
My main concern is that most desktop printers use dye inks and not pigment inks which are notoriously very poor regarding light fastness.
Did you try to leave such dyed pieces in the sun for any extended period of time ?
Dye inks tend to fade very quickly (and not at the same rate depending on the color). It will be interesting to compare this picture to the colour it will have reached in 1 or 2 years.

Anyhow, very nice looking pen you made here.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Sodabowski

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 03:57 AM

@Fabrice: the ink I use is already ten years old, and I have paper prints with it in full sunlight at the parents’ place, nothing noticeable happened to the ink (the paper turned a bit yellow though).

I also tried with, oh scrap I don’t remember the english word for “sureau”. Anyway, I tried with these berries and yes, they do lose color in direct sunlight, the purple becomes a fantastic light pink, like freshly milled cherry :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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llwynog

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 08:56 AM

Oh well then you should probably hold to that ink as not all of them will give you such excellent results. It is probably pigment-based ink as I don’t see dye ink holding this long in the sunlight.

“Sureau” is “Elderberry” in English, just like in the Monty Pythons and their quest for the Holly Grail : “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”... any self respecting French man is supposed to know that in order to taunt then English knights ;)

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Sodabowski

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 04:47 PM

Holy shit Fabrice, you’re right! “Fetchez la vache!” :D

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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