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A Vault Of Color: Protecting The World's Rarest Pigments

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#1 AD64

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 18:01

A friend just shared this short video with me about the rare pigment collection at Harvard. 

 

Perhaps you will enjoy it?

 

Makes me want to go on a field trip now.

 

 

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#2 Pensei

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 18:53

That is fascinating. Thanks for posting. 



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 06:14

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 20:37

Cool stuff.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 21:34

That is super cool!


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 22:09

I watched a couple of other videos after that one that showed master pigment makers making their own pigments and oil paints.  Fascinating! They did it all by hand, so I'm sure it took a good couple of weeks to get the pigments from minerals to paint.  It made me appreciate what an endeavor it was to create all the wonderful colors they did, back in the days before the days of factories and machinery to do the hard work.  I wonder how many pigments are still made the old fashioned way AND sold to the public?  I'd love to know how much some of those handmade colors would cost compared to factory-made pigments of the same color.

 

Considering the hard work & rarity of some sources for pigment (cow urine from cows fed only on mango leaves?!!?  I'm not even going to ask how they collected it....), I'm not surprised that so many pigments are rare!


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 01:40

I wanted to make inks out of all the pigments. The vials were so mysterious and promising too. And to think that there is a job as keeper of the pigments? Who knew? 



#8 Arkanabar

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 18:56

Pigments, being particulates, require extra maintenance when they are nano-particle size.  These are likely to be ground far too coarse.



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 20:06

Pigments, being particulates, require extra maintenance when they are nano-particle size.  These are likely to be ground far too coarse.

 

Sigh.



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Posted 26 May 2016 - 20:56

I'm with AD64 -- I would totally want that job.  Of course I don't have the chemistry background (sigh).  

I want to know that that arsenic-emerald one looks like, though.

Thanks for posting the link -- this was really cool.

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 20:40

thank you for sharing


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