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#241 TheRealScubaSteve

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 00:11

 

No, seriously. Hot damn that is a beautiful ink. Nice work, ScubaSteve. I want that turquoise. Any chance you have a comparison next to some Noodler's American Turq. Eel? (That's my current fav. cerulean).

 

Nope, don't have any Noodler's turquoise I'm afraid.



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 01:00

The new pens have arrived, are washed and loaded with Luster dusted inks.  Ink is glittering like crazy.  Thanks for the helpful suggestions.



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 23:20

After reading this thread, I had to try it out. I love the effect. My only complaint is that the dust settles in a matter of seconds and I have to shake up the vial for each dip.

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Posted 02 May 2015 - 00:06

I have been another one who has been reading this thread and finally took the plunge to try my own sparkly mixture.

 

Here are the results:

 

 

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Here is what I used:

 

Luster Dust: Pink-Gold from Hobby Lobby

Ink: Black Swan in Australian Roses #3

Pen: Jinhao X450

Nib: Goulet 1.1 Stub

Paper: Cream Tomoe River

 

 

This is my first attempt so I am still figuring out how much dust to use. I think this dust might be just a bit too large, I am not sure as I have no other brand to compare it with. I will probably get some other brands that were previously mentioned in this thread to work well (like the Luster Dust Brand and Ck Dust, etc.)

 

All this experimenting with sparkles is loads of fun!  :)


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 20:56

I've got a bunch of the interference pigments from TKB, that I got for nail polish a million years ago, and they work REALLY REALLY WELL in all of the inks I've tried. The only difference I've seen in their performance and that of luster dust is that the luster dust appears to have some sort of binder in it, and the tkb pigments of course do not, so when the page dries I get little bits of shimmer going all over everywhere.

 

I'm kinda wanting to try picking up some liquid gum arabic, and putting like ONE drop of that in the vial with the pigments, and see what kind of a difference that makes.



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Posted 15 May 2015 - 16:58

Be careful - gum Arabic doesn't care what it causes to become adhered to each other...

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 11:56

I've got a bunch of the interference pigments from TKB, that I got for nail polish a million years ago, and they work REALLY REALLY WELL in all of the inks I've tried. The only difference I've seen in their performance and that of luster dust is that the luster dust appears to have some sort of binder in it, and the tkb pigments of course do not, so when the page dries I get little bits of shimmer going all over everywhere.
 
I'm kinda wanting to try picking up some liquid gum arabic, and putting like ONE drop of that in the vial with the pigments, and see what kind of a difference that makes.

Try xanthan (tiny amount goes a long way) instead of gum arabic. Won't permanently glug up a pen in my experience. I've currently got it in a vintage waterman. Xanthan rinses out with water. There's a thread on it someplace with exact ratios if you're particular. If the ink already has some sort of biocide in it like many inks, it'll be fine.
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Posted 08 August 2015 - 00:44

Posting for anyone else trying this, a regular blender works just fine to make the xanthan mix (it cleans up nicely afterward too).

 

As for biocides in the xanthan mix I just used phenol, it isn't any more lethal than bleach or ammonia, it's just a household chemical that needs to be managed.  Don't let babies or pets near it, don't leave the bottle open or drink it, open a window or run the oven vent if you have reptiles (and I think cats? but definitely reptiles). 

 

I use the mix from Natural Pigments ( http://www.naturalpi...com/phenol.html, http://www.artistsup...tural-pigments/ looks like the same thing ) and just stirred a few drops into the bottle of the xanthan mix.


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 21:18

Reviving this thread to show some experiments I've been doing.  The Purple is a mix of Herbin 1670 RH and some blue, I forget what, plus a few drops of MB Lavender Purple + red/purple/pink lustre dust. 

 

The blue is a mix of PPS and silver + light blue lustre dust.

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 21:36

Saskia, that PPS looks amazing. Nice work!



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Posted 13 October 2015 - 21:57

SM, that's cruel and unusual punishment showing us that unobtainium!  It's beautiful. Thank you.


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 01:33

Ah, but what proportion dust to ink??

I've been trying this and end up either with clogged up pens or with ink where almost no glitter comes out...


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 03:04

A scoop or two with a #6 nib should be enough for 4+ ml.



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Posted 14 October 2015 - 04:21

That much? and the channels in the pen don't clog up?


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 04:43

That much? and the channels in the pen don't clog up?

I've actually found that i can do up to 1 scoop/ml and still get decent flow. Optimal for me (in a Lamy vista, jinhao, or Ahab feed) is about 1 scoop/2ml. Lots of glitter, but doesn't clog too much. If you let it sit uncapped for too long, you'll probably have to prime the feed a bit, but I've left my Lamy capped with that 1:2 ratio in it for weeks and still had it write pretty well.



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Posted 14 October 2015 - 11:32

I'll try again then.


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 15:59

Yeah, I definitely found that it needs a lot more glitter than I expected to actually see it in the ink.  A lot more.



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Posted 14 October 2015 - 16:23

Yes, basically the bottom of the container should be covered in the glitter.



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Posted 09 November 2015 - 22:34

Looking back at this from a year later, it almost looks like you created "Emerald of Chivore" before J. Herbin 



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 01:39

Argh. Every glitter mix I've done lately turns into bubble foam, any ideas on how to decrease the number of bubbles or why this keeps happening (maybe I'm putting in too much xanthan concentrate)?








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