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Week 9: Thermochromatic Ink Transfer

What are Thermochromatic inks: Thermochromatic inks  or dyes are temperature sensitive compounds, developed in the 1970s, that temporarily change color with exposure to heat. They come in two forms, liquid crystals and leuco dyes.

Materials needed: Thermochromatic pigments, clear base (like resin, glue), silkscreen, light coloured fabrics

How it works:

Step 1: Pour thermochromatic pigment and clear base into a containter and mix

Step 2: Lay the silkscreen onto fabric

Step 3: Add a small amount of the mixed pigment onto the screen and swipe it down using a squigy

Step 4: Lift up the silkscreen and let the fabric dry


Reflection: This technique is certainly very facinating. Before the class, I never knew that glow in the dark technology can work this way, through a simple method of silkscreening.