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ChromaFlair pigments are unique, multi-layer pigment flakes that give paints, coatings, plastics, textiles and packaging the ability to change color when viewed from different angles. Created using a revolutionary thin-film technology, each flake exhibits a wide range of hues depending on the angle at which it is viewed and the angle of incidence of light--a dramatic color shift that is even achievable in low-light environments. Highly chromatic, durable and easy to incorporate, ChromaFlair pigments can add value and appeal to virtually any product where color is a key differentiating factor.
Light Interference Pigments（ChromaFlair®）
Light Interference Effect
ChromaFlair pigment is a unique material consisting of an ultra-thin, multi-layer interference film that forms micron size flakes. Unlike ordinary and many special-effect pigments, ChromaFlair pigment is opaque, thin, flat, and highly specular (mirror-like). The structure resembles those found in nature, such as soap bubbles, butterfly wings, and sea shells.
The color of ChromaFlair pigment is the result of a thin-film interference phenomenon. The color is generated when the material's layered construction causes interference of light waves.
Due to the high flake-diameter-to-thickness ratio, ChromaFlair pigment has excellent leafing properties, thus creating a high level of specular color. Because of these properties, the colors of ChromaFlair pigment are highly saturated and bright.
Precisely controlling the thickness of the multi-layers in the pigment's flake structure produces different colors. To maintain tight color tolerance, the layer thickness must be controlled to within a few atoms.
Seven standard colors are currently available and their names reflect the color seen at approximately 0° and 45° respectively, the number represents the pigment's approximate hue at normal viewing angle.
|Gold/Silver 080||Shifts from gold to blue silver|
|Red/Gold 000||Shifts from red through orange and yellow into green|
|Magenta/Gold 334||Shifts from magenta through red, orange and gold into yellow|
|Blue/Red 280||Shifts from blue through purple to warm red|
|Cyan/Purple 230||Shifts from cyan through purple into red orange|
|Green/Purple 190||Shifts from green through blue and red into orange|
|Silver/Green 060||Shifts from silver through green into purplish blue|
|Titanium-based Aquamarine||Shifts from silver to aquamarine|
|Titanium-based Emerald||Shifts from green to blue into red|
Coatings, resins (molded products, films, etc.), synthetic leather, inks (non-usable for ChromaFlair pigments excluding Glitter), cosmetics, etc. Applied fields: automobiles, home appliances, mobile phones, watches, sports equipment, cosmetics, shoes, bags, musical instruments, stationary, toys, figures, furniture, wall paper, flooring material, accessories, and more
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The website of pigment manufacturer JDS Uniphase Corporation
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