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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! 

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Theviking

Very nice work.

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elp

That is lovely work :thumbsup:

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mzinski

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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Luxuracer

Really nice works! :clap:

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mzinski

Because I have no life, another dial: 

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

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Glaude

Amazing precision ! Top job !

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trailboss99

Hey nice work! It's not easy to get the vintage look right but you appear to have done it. 

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mzinski

This is th unfortunate story of a Yuki Red 1680 dial. Purchased M2M but discovered the paint was not properly adhered when the dial started to flake apart. Super disappointed, I promptly did my best to repair it. It was okay but never to my liking. Decided it would be a fun dial to experiment on - so I bring to you The Ocean Found Dial. 

I can imagine the story of a chap always in search of a bargain. Excited to find a vintage 1680 Red submariner on Craigslist, he buys it. But after bringing it to his local AD for authentication is told it’s a fake! He promptly tosses it into the ocean. After years of tumbling around it washes up to shore, to be found by me! Yay! 

Enjoy! 

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mzinski

Continuing the lume work - this time it’s a 5513 meters first with a burnt ochre lume repsenting an dark aged tritium. 

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(Excuse the dust on the dial)

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Luxuracer

This is amazing ..... !     :thumbsup:

I don't know how you could make those lume markers so perfect.    :woo: 

If you could make a short video of you making just one lume marker, I know myself and many members would love to see it.  

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mzinski
1 hour ago, Luxuracer said:

This is amazing ..... !     :thumbsup:

I don't know how you could make those lume markers so perfect.    :woo: 

If you could make a short video of you making just one lume marker, I know myself and many members would love to see it.  

I’ll work on a video - might take a bit to sort out zooming/focusing while I work but I’ll figure it out. 

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Robtherib

The man is a genius make no mistake....

Tried to relume vintage hands with varying degrees of success. So love to see how it should be done.

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trailboss99

You are getting very good mate. 

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mzinski

Thanks guys! 

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Nikosaldente

Amazing work buddy :thumbsup:

Well done!

Looking forward to seeing that video, when you sort it out :D

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