Here now some examples of color that are possible with PVC. These early experiments are performed using a MEK solvent and a handful of dye colors.
Bronze + Brown
Bronze + Orange
Red + Bronze + Brown
Red + Brown
The color is applied in two steps with the piece spending a few minutes immersed in the first dye bath, then another period in the second.
The piece is then set out to dry allowing all the solvents to evaporate leaving the color chemically bonded to the plastic.
More effects: the hard surface of the PVC takes the color more sparingly than the abraded surfaces. Textures telegraph through the solvent process. More later….
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