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Glow Inc.

Clothing

Glow in the Dark Material

Cloth in general presents some interesting problems for                   glow in the the dark pigments and paints. There are three                   techniques that are popular with our customers. Standard                   painting techniques are outlined below. "Dust Dying" and "Glow                   Ink" is described toward the end of the article.

Flexibility

Paint will not flex freely with the cloth of a garment.                   Therefore, you need a paint that has strong adhesion and at                   least some flexibility without cracking. This also means that                   you need to paint designs, letters, or small patterns as                   opposed to covering a whole garment to allow flexibility in                   the non-painted areas.

To accomplish this, you can use our glow in the dark                   paints, which are solvent-based acrylics. They have strong                   adhesion and moderate flexibility.

Another alternative is to mix a home brew that is popular                   among the craft experts (also known as your mom). Purchase                   FabriTac fabric glue from a local craft store. Add acetone                   paint thinner to the mixture until it is the consistency of                   paint. Remove the amount you need into a separate container                   and add 5-20% of our glow in the dark powder. Use it like you                   would any typical clothing paint.

Either of these methods should withstand a few wash cycles.                   To protect the art even further, you can purchase a clear                   sealer coat used by air brush artists to seal T-shirts at most                   major craft stores.

Some customers have also had good success with using an air                   brush and air brush paints on clothing.

Absorption

A neat trick that increases the coverage of glow in the                   dark paint is to seal the porous surface of cloth with a less                   expensive paint. Apply a layer of standard acrylic gloss                   clothing paint that will absorb into the cloth and create a                   smooth surface. This surface can then be painted with the glow                   in the dark paint. Not only does this lower the overall costs,                   but the glow is now more consistent and smooth.

Dust Dying

Put Glow in the Dark powder into a very                   large plastic bowl. Put the material or garment into the bowl                   and work the powder into the material. Remove the garment and                   push it back into the bowl several times pressing hard to push                   the powder into the weave of the material. Continue this until                   the weave of the material is packed with glow particles. Spray                   the garment with clear spray paint called airbrush sealer to                   permanently seal the powder into place.

Glow Ink

Mix 2 ounces of powder with 4 Fl. Oz of                   clear silk screen ink. Use a paint brush to apply.