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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
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    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
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    Thermochromic Ink

    Thermochromic inks are pigments that change color to colorless at certain temperature. There are many different types of thermochromic pigments including textile inks for textile screen printing.

    Usually you mix normal textile pigments with thermochromic inks so that it looks like the ink is changing from one color to the other. For example, if you mix yellow normal pigment with blue thermochromic ink, you will get green ink that changes from green (under reaction temperature) to yellow (over reaction temperature).

    Zenit hantverk
    The good thing about this company is that they have smaller quantity (100ml bottles) with affordable price (please ask directly to Zenit about the price list), but they have only 27 degrees reaction temperature inks. The colors come as concentrated pigments and you need to mix with textile binder to print.

    B&G color change
    They have wide variety of inks with reaction temperature and colors. The bad thing is that their minimum order is quite big quantity (4kg for BPA free ink). Please ask directly to B&G color change for the price list. The ink comes as 1:1 mix with binder.


    The B&G color/ LCR Hallcrest is now selling small quantity via SFXC (https://www.sfxc.co.uk/collections/thermochromatic-thermochromic-pigments-ink-paint).
    LCR Hallcrest has also test kit from their website, but it is only 50g pack, and it is a bit too small for making projects. SFXC sells up to 5kg package (this includes 50/50 mix binder weight) with various colors and reaction temperature, and the price seems reasonable. (well, thermochromic ink is not a cheap ink. but if you do bulk order with industrial company, it is almost the same price) They even have small quantity liquid crystal!

    8 Comments so far

    1. Kit-of-No-Parts on March 7th, 2012

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    3. Joseph on June 8th, 2013

      I would like to have some shirts made with the thermochromic ink. please have someone contact me via email or phone so I can discuss my ideas and hopefully your company can provide me with the right service. 847 777 9604

      Joseph Carter

    4. Jason Hiscox on September 4th, 2013

      I’m looking for non-corrosive, non-conductive thermochromic dyes with a 30 deg. F non-color; to a 85 deg color-on range.

      Much thanks,


    5. adi on November 14th, 2013

      suggest any ink having 35C TO 45c

    6. Shang-Fu Yang on November 3rd, 2014


      There is a question whether it can design the ink that can be light or transparent color at temperature from 25∘C to 120 ∘C and be black color at temperature higher than 150 ∘C.Thanks for your help.

    7. Daisy on November 7th, 2014

      Hi there,

      Can these inks be used on leather? coated or a specific type of leather?


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