Sci-Art: Microscopy Fabric Surfaces

Today I have been to use a high powered microscope, the microscope was much higher quality than the last attempt I made at photographing the crystals.

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Each sample is created and set into a small button sized metal slide. The microscope takes up to 9 samples at a time and views each one when selected via a complex computer programme. The furthest we could zoom out on the samples was X150, any further than this and the aperture became visible in the image.

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The furthest we managed to zoom into a sample was between X2000 and X4000 depending on the nature of the fabric swatch. The images that I collected are amazing quality and exactly what I had hoped to achieve from the experiment.

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There were a few surprises as I expected the bondaweb sample to be quite fibrous and highly detailed, however, the result was very smooth and weblike the surface almost appeared glossy, I think this is due to the nature of the fibres and the fact that this sample had already been subjected to heat the pealed off a piece of fabric.

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Another sample which surprised me was the suede, I wasn't expecting such a detailed image, as without the microscope the suede appears soft to touch but it appeared almost like frayed rope.


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