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Lume Practice

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    Lume Practice

    I was graciously donated a couple of dials to continue practicing lume work - a 1680 and 6538.

    The 1680 is a standard Cartel dial, relumed with a creamy offwhite tone. Of particular note, studying gen dials, it appears the lume should be fairly flat with only a slight pillowing. I’ve tried to capture that aesthetic here. In addition the hands were aged in Pacific Ocean saltwater with a touch of organic apple cider vinegar.

    The 6538 is a faux gilt dial. Again, studying dial examples, the lume pillows but isn’t overly chunky. In this instance I experimented with a two tone line process. First applying a thin layer of lighter lume then adding a dollop of darker shade in the middle. Unfortunately I didn’t contrast quite enough. Next go around I’ll sharpen the difference. Like the first, the hands were aged in a custom crafted solution of Pacific saltwater and organic ACV.

    Enjoy!








































    #2
    Nice job, they both look really accurate to me.

    I've been having the opposite problem where I do the first thin layer and then when I try to build it up, the lume just concentrates in the center and darkens it, while none will go to the almost-transparent perimeter without messing up the fine edges I had made.

    Mind sharing your recipe and technique ?

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      #3
      I use Noctilumina - http://www.noctilumina.com/

      I usually mix some combination of G15F with AG40F, AG44F, TG45F, and AN98F. Then I add Binder 3 until the mix is like brownie batter - kind of thick but with some viscous properties.

      The light creamy tone was 1/3 of G15F, AG40F and TG45F.

      The dark yellow tone was 1/3 G15F, AG44F, TG45F with a dash of AN98F.

      I try to get the lume done in one pass. With the brownie batter consistency, I use a medium Oiler to place a droplet in the middle of the plot. The droplet should hold its form and not ooze outwards. I clean my Oiler then “float” the lume to the outer edges. By “float” I mean that I tap up and down as I guide the lume. Once spread I check for flatness and pillowing. I add/remove accordingly. Once satisfied with the amount I float the middle of the lume droplet to form the slight pillowing.

      My attempt to blend colors was done at this last stage of luming. I added a small droplet of the second color to the middle/top and blended a little bit. Like I mentioned, I could have been more contrasting.

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        #4
        mzinski Great job on both of those dials. Thanks for the directions.

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          #5
          Wow, this looks so natural. Love the colours!

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            #6
            Continuing with my lume practice and experimenting, tonite I have a sterile faux-gilt submariner dial from RT. For this one I tried a different technique. I applied the lume as I would normally but once the plot was done I “dry brushed” some dark brown lume pigment onto the top of the wet lume. By dry brush, I mean I took the oiler fresh and still with some wet lume on it, dipped it into a pile of dry pigment, then carefully applied the dry pigment granules to the plot.

            I think it’s a fairly successful attempt at aging tritium that has turned inconsistently dark and pebbled on the top of the plot.

            Because it takes a little extra time, I had to mix a second batch of lume half way through.
























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              #7
              Your lume skills are pretty good, thanks for the overview of your process. I need to work on getting the same smoothness you do. I should probably just buy the Noctilumina kit instead of the 7 dollar Amazon stuff

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                #8
                Nicely done !

                Tonny 6538 - Phong 5512 PCG - HR 6538 - Silix 6538 - 5500 Explorer - Jmb 6610 - Cartel 5513 - 1675 - 6542 -Decals dials - 6538 cases

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                  #9
                  Incredible work! Great job!

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                    #10
                    Because I have no life, another dial:

                    Sterile 5513 RT dial with a faux, dark aged tritium.




















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                      #11
                      I like that color on the last one. Nice work.

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                        #12
                        What was you mix for the last dial? I’m thinking of ordering a small kit from them. I want that last color you did.

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                          #13
                          Dizzy I’ve been so many I did this last one without noting the mix. I’m pretty sure it was 1/2 AN98F and 1/2 TG45F. I will do another dial tomorrow and try that to confirm. I’ll get back to you.

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                            #14
                            some of the guys actually mix flour in the lume to make it more puffy

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                              #15
                              Dizzy Correction, the mix was 50/50 AN98F and AG44F.

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