ink jet print


Ink it labs is AMAZING. GOSH. The charms look gorgeous /cries happy tears.

The edges are cleanly, uniformly cut and the printing is amazing - aside from some colour differences, but that’s all on me since I used raster images rather than vector images, which they have spot colour palettes for. It’s not much though, from what I can see.

I deliberately made it such that the pawprints on the Yama charm and the fireflies’ glow on the Kei charm were printed without white ink at the back - this makes them translucent. It’s more obvious when you set them against a black background:

I think the effect turned out pretty well. It’s just that due to the colour difference, the fireflies’ glow ended up looking somewhat greenish-yellow, which I think is pretty fitting, so I’m not that beat-up about it.

The back images are more vibrant - understandable, since the back images are printed directly on the acrylic:

Here are the charms set against the ink jet print of the designs:


But yeah. Just to update you guys:

I’m in the midst of setting up a storenvy to sell these charms (USD$10 each excluding shipping, most likely). However, I have never done this before so I still have to ask around and do more research - if any of you have had any experience with storenvy and international shipping, please share with me! I’ll probably be conducting a trial run with one of the Tsukki charms and selling it without charging the shipping price - just so that I can confirm my shipping rates. It’s most likely going to be about USD$4/5 for international shipping though, from what I’ve seen on the market.

Once my store is set up, I’ll make a post on this blog again, so stay tuned! = v =

Photo print swap, anyone?

I would love to collect photographs by other photographers and artists, but personal finances are limited. Thus, I propose the following idea: I will trade you one of your prints for one of mine – and we’ll both kickstart a photo print collection of our own.

I offer pro lab-quality ink jet prints in small editions, from 4X6-inch to as large as 13X19-inch. You can see my work on my tumblr blog, here, and also on Instagram: @duke_fojo.

If you are interested in a swap, please message me on Tumblr and let’s made a deal. Thanks!

~Michael Duke

Will Water Be Your Next Printer Ink?

by Michael Keller

For office workers concerned about cutting costs and environmental impacts, clicking the print button triggers an ongoing internal debate. Many people find reading words on a printed page to be a hard habit to break when the only alternative is reading them on glowing screen.

But given that up to 40 percent of office documents are printed for one-time use, the desire to take in paper-based words versus ink’s relatively high cost and the waste that is generated is an area ripe for change.

Chinese researchers say they may have come up with just the thing to ease the conscience and lower the cost of reading documents on paper. They’ve created a jet printer that uses water instead of ink and a complimentary reusable paper that changes color while it’s moist.

Keep reading


So recently I purchased parts to make about a 100 key chains and I don’t know what to do with them so GIVE AWAY TIME. 

What I’m giving away: 

  • 3 sets of the Team Free Will.
  • 2 sets of the Three Amigos.

I will be using a random number generator to pick 5 winners. The key chains are made with shrink film and finished with acrylic sealer. They are ink jet printed on so the characters themselves are nice quality. The sealer makes them pretty water resistant but I wouldn’t go dunking them into water or anything.

Some rules:

  1. You don’t need to be following me.
  2. Reblogs and Likes count and you can reblog as many times as you like.
  3. If there are more people than I expect, then I may increase the number of winners.
  4. This Giveaway ends on February 1st!

If nobody wants them, I’m just going to put them all on my cat.