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Disc Golf Related => Equipment => Topic started by: ChainBanger on May 29, 2013, 10:21:46 PM

Title: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: ChainBanger on May 29, 2013, 10:21:46 PM
Does anyone here do custom dyes at home???  I have not met anyone else around who does custom stencils.  I would love to see some other local artwork.

Here are a few of mine from a couple years ago.  I have not made any in the last 2 years

If you see me or my discs on the course feel free to stop by and chat.  I'd love to learn new techniques or share my current ones.
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: ChainBanger on December 15, 2013, 05:24:34 PM
Just realized when I erased my facebook, it erased all the links i posted.  Here a few from my archives.  Some retired, some lost in the area.  Sadly none of these are in my bag anymore.
(http://i.imgur.com/UPC90ay.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/RuTjATP.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/OesUsXm.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/RJc8yJG.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/KVcIugl.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/RkQUFLG.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/yNLUMMF.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/cqTTatj.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/opPmaXx.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/ds34LGj.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: Mcfrolfer on December 15, 2013, 08:58:25 PM
Impressive work sir! I'm just starting out trying to dye my own. have any tips?
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: ChainBanger on December 15, 2013, 09:40:34 PM
Thank you.  I cant take 100% credit.  I use a vinyl plotter to cut my stencils.  I am not a hands on artist, but i can work my way around Adobe Illustrator enough to fake it.  I have done hand cuts, but gave them up out of frustration.

Some basic tips
1.) Use iDye Poly for really bright and bold colors.  Rit was good, but they changed the formula about a year ago.
2.) Use Oracle 651 or 631 vinyl instead of contact paper.  You can find it online or at any sign store. 
3.) if you are gonna hand cut, use fresh blades.  nothing worse than being almost done and having a dull blade ruin your work. 
4.) Learn Adobe illustrator or inkscape.  This makes stencils easier.  (#1 for me)
5.) practice on misprints.  I buy boxes of random misprints from Discraft and DD.  They are usually under $10 each.  Once dyed, sell them for double to a buddy. Its worth it IMO.
6.) Goof Off to remove stamps, not goo gone or acetone.

I cant really think of any other tips, but I can try to answer any questions.  I am gonna try to come to tags next weekend, maybe we can go into more detail.

  If you are really gonna dye a lot, it's worth getting the plotter.  After the initial cost of the plotter, It cost me about $1-2 per disc for vinyl and transfer tape. 
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: Dan on December 16, 2013, 10:11:38 AM
Some really cool dyes you got there.  I want to try this eventually
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: ChainBanger on December 16, 2013, 04:56:17 PM
Once you get started, its hard to stop.  I started off just brushing dye, then spin dyes, then contact paper for simple shapes.  Once I dyed over 30 discs or so, I bought the plotter.  Now my options are endless, just need to find the time to do it. 

If you have a vector image, the stencil is quite easy to cut.  Id be more than willing to help whenever I get time.
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: Dan on December 17, 2013, 09:51:19 AM
What I might try first is spin dyes and go from there.

I can make a design in either Photoshop or Illustrator and convert it to a vector.
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: Mcfrolfer on December 17, 2013, 04:51:12 PM
I have some simple shape dyes and a free hand (freecut?) design soaking now. I can post some pics tomorrow.
Title: Re: Custom Dyed Discs
Post by: ChainBanger on December 17, 2013, 05:45:58 PM
What I might try first is spin dyes and go from there.

I can make a design in either Photoshop or Illustrator and convert it to a vector.


My Technique for spin dyes was using a simple box fan opened up with a dimmer switch to control the speed.  I never really had much control, but made some cool designs.  Some of these I used 2 techniques on

I have some simple shape dyes and a free hand (freecut?) design soaking now. I can post some pics tomorrow.


Its just like playing...everytime you get better and its just as addicting.

All this talk of dyeing...I am gonna have to dye something.

(http://i.imgur.com/FgLREQL.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/To2hGqA.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/vi3MvoL.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/KiWFd6r.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/yjkpwLP.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/zxGm9yh.jpg?1)
(http://i.imgur.com/C9GOkGH.jpg?1)