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Experimenting With Gold (Powder)


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#61 Medsen Fey

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 04:34

Ultrasonic cleaning rapidly removes all the ink and dust from the nib/feed. Nevetheless I'm not thinking about trying this in any of my piston fillers.

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 17:23

Did the nib clean up without any corrosion? It looks alright in the later pictures, so far as I can tell.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 18:03

Yes, I forgot to mention that. It was just very concentrated ink crud due to being left uncapped for 5 days.



#64 Medsen Fey

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 14:51

I was finally able to take a picture to show the effect of the pearl luster dust mixed in the Old Manhattan Blue with the shift in the angle of the light.

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 16:17

This is really neat stuff! I'm thinking about experimenting with my Noodler's Hunter Green and Fox Red inks to use with Christmas cards. I think it would be fine to use in pens you can take the nib and feed out to clean it. Or piston pens that completely disassemble like a TWSBI Vac-700. I'll probably use it in with a 1.5 mm stub. Thanks TheRealScubaSteve for starting this line of R&D!


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 16:43

After soaking the feed overnight and changing the water 3 times, it is quite clean. It looks perfectly clean with the naked eye. With a loupe, there are specks of gold powder "here and there," but it is pretty minuscule. The feed channel is completely clear, so I have no issues with using this ink and powder mix in other pens. 

 

This particular pen (Baoer) was also lefted uncapped for 1 and 5 days respectively, allowing the feed to completely dry out. I would expect less difficulty cleaning under normal use.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 16:45

I was finally able to take a picture to show the effect of the pearl luster dust mixed in the Old Manhattan Blue with the shift in the angle of the light.

 

That looks pretty cool - it almost looks like the bottom writing is still wet!

 

This is really neat stuff! I'm thinking about experimenting with my Noodler's Hunter Green and Fox Red inks to use with Christmas cards. I think it would be fine to use in pens you can take the nib and feed out to clean it. Or piston pens that completely disassemble like a TWSBI Vac-700. I'll probably use it in with a 1.5 mm stub. Thanks TheRealScubaSteve for starting this line of R&D!

 

I'm glad you found it useful. It was a fun experiment.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 23:03

I tested the copper (⅓ tsp) in X-feather and so far I really like the way it looks. I have a dark black with a copper sheen that is understated but clearly identifiable. Neat!

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 13:14

Look harder - they're on top of the thing, but under the do-dad that's covering the thingamabob.


Thanks. I looked there, may have given them away. But I still have some iridescent watercolor cakes. I wonder if that might work...

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 23:11

Okay, I bought some powder at the 99 cent store. What do I need to do?


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 00:55

My suggestion is take a small vial, like the sample containers that you get ink from Goulet's in, and add 1/8 tsp of powder then fill it with an ink you want to use it with. I find wet inks seem to do better. Shake it well and test it by dipping to see if you get the effect you like. You can add more powder to increase the effect but beyond 1/4 of tsp the risks of clogging go up for me. I'd stick to cartidge/converter pens until folks have more experience with it. Then have fun.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 02:13

Now, don't some of these lusters have some stuff like sugar in it?


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 02:23

I was worried that they did since it said it was for cake decorating, but I have not seen any ill effects yet nor anything that looked like sugar. It should be easy to tell (I assume) because the particles would look transparent. My luster dust looked like real metal dust and was fine like flour.

 

I didn't measure with anything but eyeball. I just used a #6 nib to scoop powder into a sample vial. Use a dip nib to test saturation (after shaking) and add until you're satisfied. I can't say that I'd be too worried about too much gold . . . I left the pen nib down for a week and still couldn't get it to clog to a point that it would not write after flooding the feed.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 03:29

Okay, this is cool.


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 17:45

Wouldn't sugar simply dissolve?

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 18:36

Now, don't some of these lusters have some stuff like sugar in it?

 

Do they taste sweet?



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 19:24

Just picked up sme gold and bronze powder at the dollar store. Now to decide on an ink...

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 21:24

Wouldn't sugar simply dissolve?

 

 

Yes, but it's bacteria and mold food.

 

 

Do they taste sweet?

 

Probably, I didn't taste them.  It has Dextrose which is a sugar.

 

Just picked up sme gold and bronze powder at the dollar store. Now to decide on an ink...

 

Yep, that's where I found silver.


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 21:33

Send Paul a sample. He'll taste it.

 

I've still got my Konrad inked up with the K-P mix. It must be close to 3 weeks at least. No signs of mold.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 22:11

Send Paul a sample. He'll taste it.

 

I've still got my Konrad inked up with the K-P mix. It must be close to 3 weeks at least. No signs of mold.

 

That's good to know!


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