Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Alcohol Inks be used on metal?
Alcohol Ink can be
used on metal, but if there is some type of coating
on the metal it may rub off. It's also important
to remember that these inks are for decorative
use and are affected by other solvents. Applying
these inks to something that is handled frequently
( a clasp, etc.) subjects them to solvents in your skin which
can cause the inks to "rub off". Some surfaces
have more tooth to them and the inks are able
to adhere a bit better. You should avoid using
these inks on frequently handled surfaces. If
they will be handled a lot, we recommend sealing
them (see below).
Does Adirondack Alcohol Ink need a special base or sealer to get it to
stay on the non-porous surface?
Although Alcohol Inks are designed for non-porous surfaces,
if this surface is going to be handled frequently or
subjected to other solvents from skin or other chemicals, it is necessary
to seal them. The important thing to remember: DO NOT
USE A SOLVENT-BASED SEALER (like a spray). Instead, use
a water-based and waterproof sealer (like mod podge or
any other brush-on sealer from the craft store. Using these brush-on sealers
on something functional like a clasp is pretty tricky
as it can cause the mechanism to stick. If you want to
"antique" your hardware, apply inks and sealer while
the clasp is open and allow it to dry completely.