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#1 Idipbananasintocoffee

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 22:42

So I ventured into ink mixing, I mixed Pelikan Brilliant Red with Brilliant Black in 5:1 ratio, and now I have some weird particles on the surface, and since I'm paranoid, I worry it's mould... Anyone knows what it could be? For some reason, the Red has had a weird (bad) smell ever since I bought it, but I've had no issues whatsoever with it in months it's been with me.



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#2 DasKaltblut

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 23:29

How long did the mix sit until it developed particles? Mold doesn't just appear instantly. You could be witnessing a chemical reaction.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 18:31

I let it sit for a day, and noticed when I got home from work, so about 24 hours. I also don't think it's mold, since there's none of it in any of the two inks I used for the mix. Is it possible that the colours just didn't mix thoroughly? I put some ink in a cheap Jinhao a few hours after mixing and I saw some sort of sedimentation yesterday (again within 24h). I disposed of the ink from the pen, but the mixture is still with me, since I want to see what happens next. At the moment, some particles are still there. I shook the bottle and am waiting to see if that helps mixing the colours...



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 03:00

I hate to say it, and maybe someone with more in mixing experience can chime in, but that sounds like a chemical reaction to me. That particular mixture just might not be a good idea.



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 20:35

Go check out the “ink mixes that didn’t work” thread. I just read in there (near end of thread) about someone having the same problem mixing Pelikan Blue with Pelikan Black. Pelikan Black is the common culprit; maybe it doesn’t mix nicely with other Pelikan inks.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 20:55

I had success mixing 4001 Dark Green with 4001 Brilliant Black in 2.5 - 3:1 Green: Black ratios in the last 3 months or so...haven't used it for a few weeks so I just looked at the remainder I have saved in a nalgene bottle & it looks just fine. That's my limited data point.








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