Customs: Paintmixing (-101)

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  1. deaculpa

    deaculpa Seven Star Fist

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    So when Im thinning or mixing paint, im doing it with an eyedropper in attempt to keep track of ratios. this seems inefficient and inaccurate, and i think its going to become an issue when i need a custom color duplicated, requiring specific ratios.
    in fact, its almost an issue now because i (think i) need to mix a custom color to drybrush with.
    (ex: )
    i see someone saying, "mix 1 to 15 to achieve X".
    to me, that's either 16 eyedroppers or 16 individual drops. measuring by the drop is the frustrating part.
    is there a tutorial, or can anyone share what tools/methods they use to achieve said ratios so accurately?
    is this one of those things i just need to be more patient with and master, or is there a better way to do it?


    thanks in advance

    oh, i use an airbrush if that's not implied.
     
  2. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Yo, Dave! I've used a small syringe from some old medication years ago. I just held onto it for this and washed it out well before use. Seems to work well for pulling the right amount and doing the ratio thing is fairly easy that way. Not sure where you'd find a syringe though--maybe a drug store or something.
     
  3. deaculpa

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    brilliant.
    yet i never would have thought of it. thanks!
     
  4. OMEGAPRIME1983

    OMEGAPRIME1983 Well-Known Member

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    an old syringe huh?? I would never of thought of that.. Good Idea wonder where one could get a syringe though..
     
  5. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    I believe these were extras that my grandmother had years ago. My parents ended up with her medical stuff after she passed away in the late 80's and I just used one of them for this. You don't need a needle, just the syringe itself.

    It was a small one similar to these:

    Syringes @ Amazon.com
     
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    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Wow, this amazes me, really. Great work, Radicons! :thumb 

    I've mixed paint so much in my time that I've always just "eyed" it. If I feel like it's a color I'll use a lot, I'll just make a whole vat of it. If it's a one time use, it's just that. I always save the leftovers simply because you never know. When that's the case, I just use some airtight, rubber containers to keep it sealed.

    I still have the gray I mixed up for Alternators Screamer in such a container, for example.
     
  7. deaculpa

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    okay so check it - i went to walgreens tonight to see if i could find syringes for a reasonable price. i couldnt find them on the shelves or anyone to help me so i asked at the pharmacy if they knew if the store carried them, i just needed to measure some liquid. dude opened a drawer and gave me two for free. apparently they have mad syringes and dont charge. :D 
    SCORRRRRRRE!
     
  8. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    Sweet deal, D! Hope they work out well for you, my friend!
     
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    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    If any of you wish to make a photo tutorial of this, be my guest. :) 
     
  10. Kibbles N Bricks

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    Target pharmacies have syringes that are specifically made for sucking out of bottles. They'll even give you the bottle inserts for Large, Medium, and/or small bottles.
     
  11. Mathius Maximus

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    Your eyedropper method would have worked just fine if you'd have broken it down into equal increments somehow like with a marker or a piece of tape with marks on it.

    Mathius
     

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