SFXC® Cholesteric Rainbow Liquid Crystal InkSFXC
Liquid Crystal Ink is a ready to use, water-based screen printing ink, for use on paper, board and fabrics.
Liquid crystal is one of the worlds most unique and fascinating smart materials. From space rockets to mood rings, this outstanding product has left its mark and captivated audiences across the globe.
It has a high sensitivity to temperature and is widely used in the manufacture of LCD thermometers. LC is commonly seen in high-end art, fashion, design, print and other innovative uses.
This awesome coating changes through an array of beautiful colours when activated by temperatures of between 25°C and 30°C (77°F and 86°F). Once activated, this clever ink exhibits its first mysterious change in colour. Starting out at red when heated to 27°C, the red fades to a shamrock green and then at 30°C is replaced by a royal blue. There are at least 12 shades of colour in total; these interconnect the red, green and blue.
Liquid crystal ink shows off its boldest colours on a black backing. On a black backing, this product appears invisible until the threshold of 25°C> is crossed.
Multiple coats can be applied to create colours with extra toxicity. Unlike it's older brother (Chiral Nematic), the cholesteric ink requires more coats to achieve the bright rainbow effect. Liquid crystal is very sensitive to other chemicals, especially solvents. Do not use in conjunction with solvent based products.
It is not advised to use a brush to apply this product. Alternatively you can stamp or screen print liquid crystal on your chosen surface. Instead, spraying will result in a better, even finish. We also stock Sprayable Liquid Crystal ink.
Due to liquid crystals chemical makeup, a protective topcoat must be used to prevent the migration and contamination from external substances. A water-based clear coat or lacquer should be used. Please ensure that the base coat and protective topcoat used is compatible with the liquid crystal.
Please ensure no contaminated equipment is used during the application of this ink.
We also stock Liquid Crystal sheets or Vinyl.
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Colours and packaging may vary.