Pilot Petit1 Converted To Eyedropper
Posted 24 October 2011 - 17:23
Knowing others have done it with silicone grease, I've checked in numerous hardware stores around Toronto looking for it. Not only have I not found it anywhere, but it seems like nobody has ever even heard of it. I gave up and have been looking for a substitute.
This past weekend it hit me - dental wax! My sister and I used to have braces and so we have tons of it at my parents' house. Sunday evening I found some and got all set up for my project. I took out the cartridge and flushed the nib and feed with water and pen cleaning solution. Then I took a thin layer of dental wax and wrapped it around the threads of the pen. I molded it until the wax layer was flush with the outer edge of the pen. Having filled the barrel of the pen with new ink, I held the barrel and then screwed the threaded section into it. The dental wax provided some resistance so I gently twisted the pen until the 'Petit1' logo lined up with the nib, indicating it was fully closed.
Holding the pen over the sink, I turned it uprightl. No leaking. I then used it to write cursive in a notebook, just pen existentialism, until the rest of the water was flushed out and the new ink was flowing.
This morning the pen is still writing like a charm, and there are no signs of leaks. Hooray!
Has anyone else ever tried this, with dental wax or another silicone grease substitute? I'd love to hear about it
Posted 24 October 2011 - 18:40
Posted 24 October 2011 - 18:41
Silicone grease should be available in nearly any well-equipped hardware or automotive parts store.
Look in automotive engine oil section or the plumbing section. It might be called synthetic grease or waterless grease. It may use a chemical derivitive of silicone.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 21:38
Edited by jimhughes, 24 October 2011 - 21:39.
Posted 25 October 2011 - 00:11
Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:07
I am looking to turn some other pens I have into eyedroppers in the future so I really appreciate the feedback. Not sure how the dental wax will be when I'm flushing out this colour of ink from the Petit1 but I imagine I can clean it up with some pen cleaner and warm water.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 01:55
Cool, nice work. How's the Petit writing?
Thanks for asking
I did want to follow up to this thread and mention that this method did not work. Once the wax hardened, it shrank a bit and allowed ink to leak. I had to clean up the pen and put in new ink.
Just wanted to follow up on this so others know!
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