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New Ink Review Diamine Shimmertastic Brandy Dazzle

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#1 Chrissy

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 06:33

Following on from my thread announcing the launch of Diamine Shimmertastic inks I am happy to post my reviews of them.

 

This one is Brandy Dazzle  This ink is chestnut brown with a great gold sheen

 

My reviews show you my experiences with these inks in several of my pens. I’ve experimented by having these inks in my pens for weeks, and have intermittently written with them to see how they start, and how they write. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve experienced no feathering with any of them, and they have all behaved really well for me.

 

Diamine recommend that you gently agitate the bottle to mix the particles through the ink before filling your pen. They also recommend that you gently agitate your pen to mix the particles with the ink in your pen when starting a new writing session.

 

I recommend good FP maintenance when using ink that contains particles. I suggest you clean your pens out a little more frequently than you might do with normal ink.

 

These inks will come in 50ml glass bottles, and they have either gold or silver particles in them.

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 06:58

Seems like this one is my favourite.

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 14:08

This one is my favorite out of the bunch! Just gorgeous!

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 16:48

Ooh. The underlying color looks a lot like Ancient Copper. Does that sound accurate to you?


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 17:18

Yep. Yep. I need this. Rather badly. :puddle:



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Posted 28 August 2015 - 17:18

Whoops duplicate post. 


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Posted 29 August 2015 - 03:49

Thanks for the review.

Ooh. The underlying color looks a lot like Ancient Copper. Does that sound accurate to you?

 

I was thinking it looked a bit like Rouge Hematite -- it appears really red-orange on my screen.  This is one I'd have to see in person before deciding "yea or nay".

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 09:57

This looks way nicer than I expected. Oh my, I think I'll have to buy them all.

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:47

This is showing up quite red on my screen, but I'm going to just get a bottle of it, as from your description of it, it sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these great reviews with us, Chrissy (and tempting us hahaha) :D



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 01:53

Yes, it looks even more sheeny than Rough Hematite. Very pretty and very red looking. Is it redder or browner?



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 03:13

Thanks for the great reviews. I think this is my favorite of the new sparkly Diamine inks.

 

I've been into browns and reds lately and I really wanted Ancient Copper but it was out of stock where I normally buy Diamine. This might be a new winner when it comes in!



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 03:35

Thanks for all your reviews of these Shimmertastic Inks, Chrissy. As a confirmed lover of all things Diamine, I think I'll be picking up the entire set. Diamine outdid themselves this time. My wallet is sobbing already.

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 08:51

Picked this up (along with Shimmering Seas) and I am seeing pretty much no glimmer at all. In a full page of writing there are only 2 visible sparkles :(

 

Agitated the bottle really well before filling. Then left it 2 minutes for bubbles to settle. Agitated the pen gently before use. For this I am using a reasonably wet medium nib Schaeffer

 

It is a nice enough chestnut brown but I want it to sparkle in the Christmas cards we will send. Any other suggestions?

 

One thing I plan is to stand the pen on end rather than lay it down when not it use



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Posted 02 December 2015 - 08:56

It's recommended that you agitate it gently to mix in the particles, not enough to form bubbles.

 

If you agitate it so that you distribute the particles through the ink, then fill your pen immediately, you will have ink and particles in your pen. Leaving it for 2 minutes before filling just lets all of the particles settle in the bottom of the bottle again.


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 09:31

Picked this up (along with Shimmering Seas) and I am seeing pretty much no glimmer at all. In a full page of writing there are only 2 visible sparkles :(

 

Agitated the bottle really well before filling. Then left it 2 minutes for bubbles to settle. Agitated the pen gently before use. For this I am using a reasonably wet medium nib Schaeffer

 

It is a nice enough chestnut brown but I want it to sparkle in the Christmas cards we will send. Any other suggestions?

 

One thing I plan is to stand the pen on end rather than lay it down when not it use

Also, depends on the nib you are using. I use an extra fine point. As such, only see the sparkle effect when I tilt the writing a certain way. Those who use wider nib choices, such as medium and beyond will see the glimmer effect more immediately and not have to deliberately manipulate in order to do so.  


Edited by fountainpenlady, 18 December 2015 - 09:33.

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 15:57

I have two of the shimmertastics and Brandy Dazzle is by far my favourite. In the bottle it looks far redder and reminds me of dragon ink! I use it for lecture notes as well as letterwriting and the gold is beautiful. It was my first experience with brown ink as well and I will be using brown in future, too. I love the alternative to blue or brown - still dark and legible, but fun and different. 



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 22:48

I have two of the shimmertastics and Brandy Dazzle is by far my favourite. In the bottle it looks far redder and reminds me of dragon ink! I use it for lecture notes as well as letterwriting and the gold is beautiful. It was my first experience with brown ink as well and I will be using brown in future, too. I love the alternative to blue or brown - still dark and legible, but fun and different. 

I just put some of the brandy dazzle in my pelican and  I agree with you. I believe I may enjoy it more than the red lustre. I can also see the shimmer better than the red lustre. I may have to get a bottle of it myself. It is a unique color I must say myself. I hesitated on trying it out because I thought it would be a brownish color definitely. However, it is a rather enjoyable hue which takes on some of the red of red lustre, but also gives a slight red clay look also with a definite shimmer. I may have to also get a bottle of this one. I treated myself to a bottle of red lustre before the holidays. 


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