- 28 Apr 2017
It's Easy to Fall For Trivets Of Tumbled Marble.
The challenge of reproducing hand-tinted color comes down to technology and substrate. Certain surfaces react differently to the inks. These colorful marble trivets were made using ink sublimated onto tumbled marble. The "ink sub" technology isn't new. The machines that can do it are now smaller and more equipped to do smaller product runs. The images obviously aren't new. The fact that they are now in a hi-res file means all the subtleties of the colorful hues are perfectly rendered.
Here is Nobska Light every bit as vivid as the original.
You can use these trivets as hot plates or frame them as wall art. Either way, it's an attention grabber. The featured image shows Nantucket's Brant Point Light on the left with The Rainbow Fleet coming around the point and out of the harbor.
It matches with the more prominent Rainbow Fleet image which shows Brant Point Light on the right with the boats have passed the point. Judge for yourself how beautifully the colors have been captured in the marble.
This image of Falmouth Harbor in marble captures the full depth of the blue in the original image which is one of the hallmarks of the great hand-tinted postcard images from the period. The rough edges are part of the tumbled effect and its why the image is set in from the edge.
One caveat worth noting is that tumbled marble is not smooth or perfect on the edges. Hence the image is slightly smaller than the surface and not a "full bleed" as they say in the graphics industry.
Each of my trivet postings will feature this important point as a caveat emptor for the buyer. Unless the irregularity extends to the image surface, it is what it is.