Craft & Design Science
Inexpensive and Readily-Available DIY Laser Dyes

My friend and fellow DC Dork, Jon Singer, does a lot of laser research and experimentation at the Joss Research Institute. This week, he sent me a link to a new article he’d posted, a report of his findings on lasing various fountain inks, invisible ink, “optical whitener,” and other readily-available materials, for creating DIY laser dyes.

The lovely green halo from the solution above resulted from lasing Noodler’s Baystate Cranberry ink, diluted with some Everclear alcohol. The halo is not visible to the naked eye and Jon’s not sure what causes it. He wonders if maybe there’s more than one fluorescent dye in the ink.

Inexpensive and Readily Available Laser Dyes for the Do-It-Yourselfer

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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