Color is once more restored to jewelry. The playfulness and the romantic reminiscence of the current design appear to draw on role models from Art Nouveau or Art Deco. In addition to traditional enamel techniques, numerous modern materials, for example Colorit and Novorit, now offer designers unlimited possibilities to breathe a sense of colorful life into their jewelry creations.
Novorit – Color in perfection
But what are the main differences between the two innovative color systems? Which system is best suited to which application or design? One year after the market introduction of Novorit, many designers and jewelry creators are still not entirely certain, which strengths they should attribute to Colorit and Novorit. However, knowledge of the strengths of the two materials is important for their optimum application.
Different material properties
High-quality acrylates form the basis of both products. In Colorit, hardening takes place due to the exposure to light (photopolymerization). Conversely, Novorit requires heat and pressure in order to harden the material. Colorit is a composite ceramic material with a ceramic proportion of up to 25 percent. Unlike this, Novorit is a polymer ceramic with a share of over 55 percent. The viscosity is also extremely different. Colorit has a honey-like consistency – depending on the processing temperature, the viscosity is medium to low. Novorit on the other hand is designed to be pasty and tyxotropic (tyxotropic: flows when applied, settles and hardens when in a resting state).
The right processing
Colorit paints are warmed up and mixed before use in order to ensure that there is an even density of the pigments and filler materials. Novorit can be processed directly from the cartridge without mixing. Colorit colors are essentially transparent, apart from a few exceptions, e.g. white. Due to its large quota of ceramic filling materials and the strong pigmentation, Novorit is opaque. Colorit can be used to achieve transparent and semi-translucent color effects. Novorit is used on the other hand to create opaque, highly covering and semi-translucent color effects. The Colorit range of colors includes a large number of special colors and effects, all of which can be mixed or applied in different layers. The Novorit range of colors, whose components can also be mixed, covers shining, pure colors that shine in an opaque freshness.
Special effects are possible
Colorit leaves a lot of leeway for experiments of all kinds. The high transparency means that endlessly different kinds of color mixtures and effects can be achieved in combination with practically all stable basic materials. Novorit is the ‘technical’ option, offering pure, shining colors for selection. The colors are applied to cuts, grooves and hollows directly from the cartridges.
Application of the color
Colorit is usually applied manually using a modeling instrument, as we find used also in dental medicine. Large unit volumes are possible with the use of cartridges. The colors should not be stored in the cartridges, as the solid materials and the pigments subside after a certain period. Novorit is supplied in cartridges and is designed in such a way that the color does not change, even after a longer period. In order to create intermediate tones, the colors can be pressed out of the cartridges and mixed with each other on a mixing plate. The paint is brushed and then remixed in order to remove blisters from the colored paste.
Whether modeling instruments or cartridges are used, the process should always ensure that the color can flow. If too much material is applied in too short a time, there is a risk that blisters will form, as in some areas the air cannot be purged from the material and is therefore captured.
Colorit – Fascination of color
With Novorit Pure Color, you can achieve results who aesthetic appeal will remain for decades
Colorit – Hand light device Twin Lux
Colorit is strongly adhesive and resistant to impact and wear and therefore the ideal material for high quality color design
Novorit – Pressure-heat oven CreStation 120
Novorit Pure Color is supplied in handy application cartridges
Ring with Novorit
Areas of use and focuses
Due to its oily-watery consistency, Colorit offers a perfect, basic precondition for overlay work on solid surfaces of all kinds. If there are any cuts, grooves or inlays, preheating the work piece intended for processing can guarantee rapid flowing of the Colorit. The strengths of Novorit are found quite clearly in filling grooves, cuts and channels.
The light performance and the nature of the color limit the maximum hardening depth for Colorit. Two layers are recommendable for work at a depth of 0.5 mm, each of which should harden separately. Additionally, application of the color in several layers means that a regular color effect will be produced, compensating the contraction caused by hardening. The minimum total layer thickness for intense coloration is 0.2 mm. The recommended layer thickness is 0.5 mm. Novorit is limited in its layer thickness simply due to its flux behavior and the material contraction before and during hardening. Above a certain layer thickness, the material flows from alone. If one leaves the applied color to rest, it subsides and remains standing on protruding places. Heat during hardening does not affect the flux behavior. The application of pressure during hardening compresses any blisters. This guarantees a bubble-free hardening. After reworking, the surface can be polished using industry standard materials.