|It looks shiny because the xylene was still damp. But you can see the flawless transfer.|
As you can see, the xylene actually produced a flawless creamy transfer onto the medium. It looks white in the image to the right because it was still a little wet and reflected the light off of it.
Although the image was in black and the material is dark grey, the transfer was so good that it made no difference to me compared to transfers onto white material while carving under my magnifying light.
|Here with a different angle to avoid the light glare, you can see that the transfer actually looks like I took a sharpie to it (I did not). The image is clear and easily carvable.|
|You can see the lighter grey in the carved out portions here.|
The hard part was physically holding the material because it is so thin (I hold my carvings in my left hand while carving with my right, rather than leaving the material flat on the table while I carve). My happy solution was to tape it to a piece of acrylic which worked great.
Here are the completed and stamped images from my new signature stamp. At the top is the impression using traditional dye ink, below is from pigment.
I'm not sure how well this material would do with a highly detailed image. Something makes me think that the material would not lend itself to them, particularly over a letterbox's lifespan. But I'm talking about the REALLY highly detailed images.
Because the material is so soft, carving is a pleasure as the tools zip through the material without any force. In fact, I could fault this stuff by saying the tools move through it too easily, but I suspect that is more from all the carving I've been doing on Firm Cut lately.
All in all, very, very happy with this material and I will be definitely buying up a whole ton of this stuff next time I'm out Oakville way.