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INSTRUCTIONS FOR PHOTO-LUMINESCENT POWERS
The following gives you some guidelines as to the usage of glow power. These are just guidelines and the user should use their best judgment in working with the pigments.

Basic Guidelines:
More power, higher percentage will produce brighter, longer glow.
Add medium to powder, not power to medium. That way you can stop when desired glow effect is reached.
Use a white or light color as a background for best results. Any color other than white will diminish glow.
If painting a black surface with powders, brilliance will be much less.
The thicker (To a point) the layer of glow powder will produce longer and brighter luminosity.
Try to prevent moisture in the manufacturing process. A yellowing resin may indicate moisture.
Do not use vehicle with high acidity.
Do not grind the glow powder, it will destroy the crystal structure and therefore decrease luminosity.
Ratio of glow powder to medium is from 5% to 40% by weight depending on application and manufacture process.
Work with a black light on so you can see your work as you create it.
To minimize setting, sure a viscous vehicle or anti-setting agents. Stir well prior to applications, process small batches at a time.
Apple final clear overcoat to protect the material from humidity and to improve gross.
Aqua and green are suitable for any oil based OR water based medium. All the other colors require oil based mediums.
Use a plastic or glass spatula when stirring powder. A metal one may react with pigments.

What can I do with it? Let you imagination go wild! You can do practically anything with our versatile pigments! It is completely safe for the application is consumer products such as clothing, shoes, caps, watches, novelties, tackle & sporting goods. It has excellent results in the fields of building, decorating, traffic vehicle, military installations, and fire emergency system, & escape route signs. And of course all your craft mediums! The pigments can be mixed with a variety of transparent resins and binders including but not limited to: acrylic resin, paraffin, PU Resins poly acylammonia resins, amino resins paint, caulking, ceramic glaze, nail polish, fabric paint, hair gel, glass, rubber, plastics, ceramics, enamel, silicone, paints, glue, and gels. It is the all purpose glow powder in its truest sense.

How much powder does it take? This universal question has one answer. It is up to you. The amount of powder to medium will depend on how much glow desired, cost effectiveness, type of application method etc. The Basic Guidelines dictate from 5% to 40% by weight. If you are producing a low cost item, then a lower percentage would work best for you. If you are screen printing shirts and want to make only one pass, a higher percentage would work better. Please also consider the particle size of the powder and the color of the surfaces to which the medium is going to be applied. Experimentation will be the best method of determining ratios after following the guidelines found on this site. Do not hesitate to email us for further help or to answer any other question you might have. We look forward to working with you! We also want to know what you created with our glow powder and how you did it! Email us a photo and instructions of your project and if we add it to our website we will send you free powder.

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GLOW IN THE DARK GEL CANDLES
The powder is an opaque pigment that does not actually dissolve in candle gel, but rather is suspended. Mixing powder with the candle gel forms a white opaque looking material. You can not see through it. One method that we used for this material is to pour a bottom layer of a powder/gel mix with a clear gel over pour. We have had the most success with bottom layer which is about 1/5 to 1/8 the depth of the candle. The powder/ gel mixture then provides bottom light which glows through the clear gel...A very clear gel does not pick up light. Objects or bubbles suspended in the gel reflect the light emitted by the Glow Powder and will be seen as suspended in midair. (So make lots of bubbles when you pour clear over it!) The way to Glow Powder is used is to the artists imagination! You can also make the entire candle with the glow powder/ gel mix! It is all up to you!
Mixing
We recommend that you make a base stock of candle gel mixed with Glow Powder.
A starting point is the glow powder is used to make 5% stock. 5 parts of glow powder mixed with 95 parts of melted gel.
1/4 level teaspoon powder 8 fluids ounces candle gel or 5 grams glow powder 95 grams candle gel.

This is not a critical mix. Variations of this mix can be used depending on the effect you want to achieve.
Get the temperature of the gel in the 200-210 F range. Fragrance Gel is done at much lower temperature (140 F). Add the powder and mix well-powder will tend to settle. Make sure that all the materials is dispersed well in the solution and none remains on the bottom. Always mix well just before you pour. This stock solution can be reheated. Try to keep the same container for your stock solutions and reheat and add your new material to it.

Glow Embeds - Pour your gel/powder mix into a pan. Let cool and using cookie cutters cut out pieces, or pour gel into molds. Stick the "glowing" gel pieces to the sides candle dish, and then pour clear gel over. They appear suspended within gel!!!

Paraffin Candles: Make or purchase a paraffin candle. Melt candle wax, and following usage amounts, add glow powder. Make sure your will mix well before dipping candles, because powder will settle. Dip your candle in 2 or 3 times, drying between each dip. You only need to do this for the last layers of wax to save on cost.

Paint: Stencil the universe onto your ceiling! All you need is paint and pigment. Any paint brand is fine. Min-wax polyurethane works well. Began adding paint to powder until desired glow effect is reached. This will be anywhere from 20-40% powder: ¼ oz per oz of paint, 10oz per pint, 2 kg per gallon. You can make stencils simply by cutting out shapes from paper or cardboard. Apply with a small brush, roller, and airbrush, cotton swab on stick or sponge.

To improve the glow effect, apply a white base coat under the photoluminescence layer. If the paint is clear, you will obtain a brighter glow. Kids will have fun helping and everyone will enjoy the magic of turning out the lights once the paint dries.
Note: Green and aqua are suitable for water based OR oil paints, but the other colors must be mixed with oil based paints.

Hidden Pictures: Paint a mural on your wall, then with the glow in the dark paint you make, add in the hidden pictures that will only show when room is dark!

Fishing Lures and Rod Tips: Glow powder is used in a wide range of applications like production of glow in the dark clear coats for your lures. Simply add small amounts of glow pigment to your clear coat or vinyl and stir. Another method is to use a strong adhesive and coat the lure, then spray a clear top coat to protect power. If you want to add a anti-settling agent. Test and add more pigment as required. The more pigment added the brighter the glow. It can also be added to a rod wrapping epoxy.

Identifications Markings: Use glow powders to mark items to protect from theft (example tools). Then use a black light to show your identification mark!

Plastics: Our pigment can be incorporated into almost all plastics resins. But it is highly recommended to void any colorful plastics that can affect the glow of photoluminescence pigment. In other works, the more transparent plastics you use the brighter product you can get. In case of colorful plastics, bright color exhibits bright glow than dark color. May be mixed with PE, PP, ABS, PVS ect. Can be extruded, cast, dipped, coated injected and blown molded.

Nail Enhancements: Add powder to your existing acrylic powder or gel until desired glow is reached. Powder will not affect adhesion of product to nail bed. It may be mixed in advance. For a more temporary effect add glow powder to a clear top coat or UV coat, and paint nails. It can be added to color polish, but glow will be diminished due to polish color masking the color.

Silk Screening
1. In order to get a better luminosity effect of the printed patterns; use silk screen of below 200 meshes for screen-printing. The reason is that the layer of the printing ink will be thicker and will obtain a luminous effect by using silk screen of a lower mesh number. The ideal screen is of 80-120 meshes.
2. To heighten the lightness and prolong the luminous period of the printed pattern, place a lining in white color under the layer of printing ink, or print directly onto the white color base material.
3. To get the ideal lightness of the luminous printed patterns, the minimum thickness of the layer of printing ink should not be less than 100um(micron). When the thickness ranges between 130 to 150um, the lightness will be the greatest. (To achieve this, print the ink twice on 80-mesh silk screen.)
4. Overlap-printing will obtain a more distinctive printed pattern.

Charging Times: Re-chargeable many times over just by exposing it to any light source.
Sun light-5 minutes; UV light (Black light)-5 to 10 minutes; Normal light - 20-30 minutes
Glow powder responds best to light sources rich in UV rays such as sunlight, black lamps and halogen lamps. Tungsten lamps (typical household bulbs) take longer to recharge the pigment because their UV output is low. Fluorescent lamps, which are rich in UV, provide faster excitation when Glow Powder is placed near them.

Caution: Although it is free from the heavy metals and any of radioactive substances, it is recommended to wear dusk mask or other safety devices, when handling our products. May cause irritation of nose, throat, eyes, and skin. Wash with water when your skin or eyes are exposed to our products. Keep the products away from moisture and seal it when not in use.

GLOWINK's luminescent powders will remain stable and can be repeatedly glow for more than 10 years and is not affected by almost all chemicals and any sort of light. The powder is free of toxic and radioactive materials, does not harm the human body and is an environmentally safe product.

Disclaimer: The information that GLOWINK provides to our customers is believed to be true and accurate. There are many factors involved with glow time and thus we make no warranty, express or implied to the information provided and your application. Please test all products thoroughly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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