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Offline babuinix

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First time dyeing some keycaps...
« on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 12:56:00 »
Everything went better than expected.



Full Album here > http://imgur.com/a/kG0U0

Full process:
In this dyeing session a 5g Package of Dylon Dye- Pagoda Red was used throughout 2 hours and went like this:

First cleaned the keycaps, pan and rinser thoroughly with soap and warm water before using them (beware of grease).

Put the water to boil (90Cº) and then poured the colour (Dylon Red, 5g package), stirred while it boiled until it was homogeneous and there were no little bits floating in the surface.

- After all was mixed evenly I added a pinch of salt and some drops of vinegar and stirred a bit more.

- Turned Off heat and let the temperature go down a bit and added the keycaps and stirred around for 10 minutes. (since it was my first time and I was afraid of warped keys I tried to play safe) But It seems old IBM keycaps PBT handle the heat with no problem.

- Every 10/15 minutes I would take them off and put them in the fridge while the mix went to boil again while adding a bit more salt and vinegar. (I don't really know if that helps but it makes sense that plastic reacts to acidity and abrupt temperature changes)

I kept doing that until I got a deep red, started with just a salmon red but then it became deeper and vibrant.

« Last Edit: Fri, 17 October 2014, 14:23:06 by babuinix »
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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 13:33:49 »
Nice, looks good!
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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 13:48:41 »
Wow really nice!
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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 13:53:32 »
Very nice! What dye did you use?
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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 13:54:37 »
Those turned out really well!
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Offline babuinix

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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 14:16:18 »
Very nice! What dye did you use?

Dylon Pagoda Red, 5g package.

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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 17 October 2014, 14:17:22 »
Wow! Very nice.
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Re: First time dyeing some keycaps...
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 18 October 2014, 09:17:44 »
Very nice rich red.

I always like to add this link to threads about dyeing key caps.

Reply #14 is particularly helpful.

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The difference in characterization of crime and who commits it skews what criminality looks like demographically. "What we're seeing so far is very similar to the process that we see with Islamic violent Jihad radicalization," said former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, "This wanting to belong to a cause greater than yourself, wanting to get affirmation from a group who may not even know who you are or ever met you. And then feeling like you're part of this deployment, this cause. You heard him say on the clip 'It's my job to protect this.'
No, it's not your job. But you think it is. And video last night shows him walking around roaming around with the assault rifle not really doing much of protecting anything." Figliuzzi made it clear that calling these characters "troubled" is a misnomer. "I would assert," Figliuzzi continued. "that it's time we stopped using the word ‘troubled’ with regard to white young people who act out like this and start thinking about the radicalized term that we used when people of color or people of Islamic faith act out like this. This is a radicalization process that's happening. It happened with the El Paso shooter in Texas. We kept hearing he was troubled. No, he was radicalized. And it's happening online."