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Thread: Printing Images on Wood Using Liquid Light Emulsion and a Darkroom

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    Default Printing Images on Wood Using Liquid Light Emulsion and a Darkroom

    Yes, you need a darkroom. Part of my Cigar Box Uke plan is to print some images onto the wood using my darkroom and a product I'd previously never tried called Liquid Light. Last night I got to print some test prints on some of the leftover cedar from the uke top I made. Works great, take a look:



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    The straight grain of the cedar worked well with it. The red oak, not so much. I might white wash the red oak back before printing on it. I'll have to think about it.

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    Make that subject line say "Emulsion". Wouldn't you know it, it's the one part of a message you can't correct!

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    Here it is on the red oak:



    Some of the lines you see are from the brush I used to apply the product. May have to get a squeegee to even it out. Also, the negative used for this print was slightly underexposed, hence the relative lack of contrast.

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    That's actually pretty cool. I can't wait to see a full uke with it.


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    frigen awesome

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    Neat idea. Well done. I'd like to see the final product.

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    Martin Guitars are now using this Photgraphic imaging on some of their guitars..
    They are talking about using the method to produce the image of any type of expensive wood grain finish on cheaper woods eg: "Martian Rosewood" finish on to "Cheap Maple or laminate"...or whatever finish you desire..Crocodile skin would look nice..Here is a U-Tube vid about it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPFxdHqz3Qg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    Martin Guitars are now using this Photgraphic imaging on some of their guitars..
    They are talking about using the method to produce the image of any type of expensive wood grain finish on cheaper woods eg: "Martian Rosewood" finish on to "Cheap Maple or laminate"...or whatever finish you desire..Crocodile skin would look nice..Here is a U-Tube vid about it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPFxdHqz3Qg
    That's a good idea! I've been looking into having digital images recorded to b&w film, so literally anything I can create on my computer (something I have a bit of practice in) could be printed on wood (or whatever). Seems a little ass backwards, but there's nothing quite like printing an image in black and white silver grains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattclara View Post
    Make that subject line say "Emulsion". Wouldn't you know it, it's the one part of a message you can't correct!
    .
    Voila! Done . . .

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