Marbling

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Marbling is the process by which a marbled dye pattern can be added to certain pieces of paper or cloth.

Skills Used

Equipment

You need the following equipment for marbling:

You will also need the following consumed resources:

And lastly, you will need something to dye. Only some materials are suitable for dyeing, appropriate matierials are:

Process

The following process must be followed to marble items:

  1. Fill the marbling tray with water
  2. Put the marbling tray down (or place it as furniture)
  3. Add ink from an ink bottle to the tray
  4. (optional) Add ink from a second bottle of a different colour.
  5. Hold the marbling comb in one hand, and nothing in the other.
  6. Create a pattern in the tray with the comb
  7. Unhold the comb
  8. Dye the item you wish to dye.

Note that the whole process is very sensitive to what you're holding and when.

Ink and water

Each dyed item requires 1/25th of a standard ink bottle to dye, and the ink must be re-added after each dyeing. The water in the tray will last for approximately 10-12 dyeings, after which looking at the tray will show the water as 'very murky', and you won't be able to dye any more items until you've replaced it with fresh water.

Patterns

You can create spike, swirl, circle or wave patterns in the tray, and the quality of the created pattern depends on your crafts.arts.design bonus. Creating a pattern consumes 30 crafts GP. Patterns produced are, from lowest to highest quality:

Spike

Spike pattern:

  1. You create an ugly pattern of mis-shapen red spikes in the metal marbling tray.
  2. You create an unattractive pattern of broken red spikes in the metal marbling tray.
  3. You create a simple pattern of [spiky red lines | attractive red spikes | red zig-zagged lines | lightning-like red lines] in the metal marbling tray.
  4. You create a spike pattern in the metal marbling tray.
  5. Using the marbling comb you create a pattern of [spiky red lines | attractive red spikes | red zig-zagged lines | lightning-like red lines] in the metal marbling tray.
  6. You skilfully use the marbling comb to create a beautiful pattern of [spiky red lines | large red spikes | red zig-zagged lines | lightning-like red lines] in the metal marbling tray.
  7. With precise movements, you use the marbling comb to create an exquisite pattern of [spiky red lines | attractive red spikes | red zig-zagged lines | lightning-like red lines] in the metal marbling tray.

Swirl

  1. You create a simple pattern of [large red | small red | pretty red | red concentric] swirls in the metal marbling tray.
  2. You use the marbling comb to create a pattern of large <colour> swirls in the metal marbling tray.

Circle

  1. You create an ugly pattern of [mis-shapen red | distorted red | red broken] circles in the metal marbling tray.
  2. You create a simple pattern of large red circles in the metal marbling tray.
  3. Using the marbling comb you create a pattern of small red circles in the metal marbling tray.
  4. You skilfully use the marbling comb to create a beautiful pattern of [delicate | many small] red circles in the metal marbling tray.

Wave

  1. You create an ugly pattern of chaotic red waves in the metal marbling tray.
  2. You create an unattractive pattern of faded red waves in the metal marbling tray.
  3. You create a simple pattern of [red wavy lines | pretty red waves | undulating red and black waves] in the metal marbling tray.

Feather

  1. Using the marbling comb, you create an ugly pattern of [blotches | poorly blended] <colour> lines in the metal marbling tray.

Dyeing

The dyeing stage will either successfully transfer the dye to your item, or will botch the job. Your chance of success is dependent on your crafts.materials.dyeing bonus; each dyeing attempt consumes 20 crafts GP.

A successful dyeing attempt looks like:

You carefully unroll the roll of wallpaper and lower it into the metal marbling tray a bit at a time.
You gently lift the red wallpaper from the metal marbling tray and carefully roll it up loosely.

An unsuccessful dyeing attempt looks like:

You unroll the roll of blank wallpaper and lower it into the metal marbling tray.
You quickly lift the red wallpaper from the metal marbling tray and carefully roll it up loosely.

Unsuccessful attempts will produce items whose short descriptions describe them as 'faded' (eg. 'a roll of faded red wallpaper'); successful attempts produce items whose short description matches the colour of the ink (eg. 'a roll of red wallpaper').

See Also

  • Tanning details how leather is dyed, which uses a different process.

Related Achievements

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