I've been playing with alcohol inks lately and been having fun. I use metal, polymer clay, dominoes and glass to ink stain. They give an almost tye dyed effect to the items. In between each addition of color I heat the piece to set the ink, let it cool and add more ink. It is fun to watch the colors blend, boil and mix. I have added a coating of resin over the top to help protect the ink. If they were to be sprayed with perfume, cologne, or anything containing alcohol, they would remix or disappear. The first piece here is a necktie piece from B'sue Boutiques that I stained and added a couple of gears and put resin over. Not too sure about the glass beads. I don't know if they are too much for the necklace. But I went ahead and used them. I can always re-do the necklace if need be.
The next piece is an example of what can be done with dominoes and the ink. This is a regular domino and I used different colors of blue on the domino. Resin over the top again and I added a metal evil eye finding and a silver metal swirl.
The ink is a little pricey, it runs $3-4 for a tiny little bottle. It doesn't take much to
do the jewelry so it does last a long time. There are so many combinations of
colors that it is so much fun to work with.
I also use the ink with tiny paint brushes to paint the swirls on this piece.
The main red/pink color is dropped on the metal and I use a small square of felt
to dab the ink and move it around. After letting it cool I used a very tiny paint brush and put a drop on my
cutting board and dip the paint brush to paint the swirls on the heart.
Using the ink is fun, but it is permanent and will stain anything. I use the Tim Holtz bottles of ink. Pick up a couple and give it a try!