Introduction: How to Make Thermochromic Ink

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Are you tired of the same old boring colors on all your t-shirts? Do you think glow-in-the dark ink has just lost it shine? Well if you answered yes to either of these, or in my case both, thermochromic ink is the thing for you. Thermochromic ink is paint that changes color when it is heated. You can create a range of color changes like green to blue or brown to purple. You'll have the entire spectrum in the palm of your hand! And the best part is, you can use it on a variety of things including clothing, walls, even finger nail polish!

Step 1: Materials List

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Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Medium
Thermochromic Pigment
Stirring Stick
Paint Storing Jars or disposable cups
Plastic Spoons
Some material to test on (cut-up cloth)

Step 2: Step 1

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In the mixing container, add 1 teaspoon of acrylic medium.

Step 3: Step 2

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Add 5 teaspoons of acrylic paint to the medium. Mix until smooth.

Step 4: Step 3

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To the mixture, add desired amount thermochomic pigment, mixing in 1 teaspoon at a time.

Step 5: Step 4

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Once everything is combined, spread a small, even layer of the paint on a piece of scrap material. Allow it to dry for about two hours.

Step 6: Step 5

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Once the paint has dried, take the hairdryer and hold it over the painted area until it the color changes. If it doesn't, add more thermochromic pigment to the left-over paint and repeat steps 4-6.

Step 7: Step 6

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After all the changes have been made, paint the ink on a t-shirt in any design and enjoy!


TaehyungMahBoi (author)2017-01-22

very useful XD

fowl1381 (author)2016-08-07

how much pigment do you use in it ?

10010048 (author)fowl13812016-08-07

Because I used a darker acrylic paint (blue), I used 3 teaspoons. But if you use a lighter paint, like pink for example, 1-2 teaspoons should be enough

fowl1381 (author)2016-08-07

can you help me with this

fowl1381 (author)2016-08-07

how much pigment do you use in it ?

fowl1381 (author)2016-08-07

how much pigment do you use in it ?

OliverD20 (author)2016-04-21

I found the pigment on SFXC.

I did buy some from eBay but it wasn't as good.

Paracord Ninja (author)2014-04-23

Where does one obtain thermochromic pigment ?

10010048 (author)Paracord Ninja2014-04-25

I bought a 20oz jar from Amazon for $30. Just shop around online until you find what color you want.

ampfni.france (author)100100482015-02-22

I think that you meant a 20gram jar, i.e. 0.7 oz jar because, 28 gramsx 20 is abotu 600 dollars from a china supplier, and 20 grams is abotu 20 30 dollars on ebay etc

ragavs (author)2014-08-14

what types of easily avilable Thermochromic pigment which is used above 28 deegre cel.

smckillip (author)2014-04-23

how would you dye the whole shirt like the first picture?

10010048 (author)smckillip2014-04-25

The first picture is made with thermochromic thread. I didn't make it sorry. You could try thinning out the paint and medium mixture with a paint thinner, and then dip the entire shirt in it.

24Eng (author)2014-04-23

In step 3 could you give an example of how much pigment you used?

10010048 (author)24Eng2014-04-25

I used 3 teaspoons of pigment, but it works better if you use a lighter color than the turquoise I used, like orange or pink.

KemikalzAreFun (author)2014-04-23

Think it would work if you put it in some clothing dye, then dyed your clothes??

10010048 (author)KemikalzAreFun2014-04-25

Don't know, but it sounds pretty cool. Try it and reply.

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