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Color by Numbers, Part 1: Spectrophotometry vs. Colorimetry

In our lightfastness testing of metal-complex solvent dye solutions, we see some samples that fade a lot and are very easy to qualify as “fast-fading” dyes. (See our previous post … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dyed Fur Samples: Part 2

Fur-Mounting System We next needed a method of mounting the deer and fox furs so that they could be dyed and exposed in the test chamber. [See Part 1 of … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dyed Fur Samples: Part 1

The first phase of our lightfastness testing aimed to establish the lightfastness of the Orasol® and similar Sorasolve metal-complex solvent dyes in isolation‒ that is, in the absence of a … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Dye Is Cast

The initial sample set undergoing accelerated aging in our Q-SUN chamber is expected to be the largest. It includes all of the Orasol dyes that we have been able to … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Accelerated Aging Chamber, Part 2

Part 1 of our posts on accelerated aging instrumentation introduced the Q-SUN Xe-3 accelerated aging chamber. In this posting we describe some of the challenges we have experienced in installing … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Accelerated Aging Chamber, Part 1

Q-Lab Corporation, manufacturer of the Q-SUN Xe-3 accelerated aging chamber, promotes this machine as “the simplest, most reliable, and easiest to use full-sized xenon arc chamber available.” Before purchasing ours … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

What’s the Plan?

The research team had a good sense of the relative lightfastness of the Orasol dyes as a result of the renovation research, but how long could we expect the dyes … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 2 Comments