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Cobalt Jazz - No Shimmer

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#1 AidenMark


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 20:41

A couple of years ago Diamine brought out a lovely blue shimmer ink "Cobalt Jazz" which was extensively reviewed on this site.


For those not so fond of shimmer, which Diamine ink is closest to the base colour of Cobalt Jazz?



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 01:17

Now that I have 2 Diamine shimmer inks, I can confirm that as long as you don't shake the bottle, almost all the shimmer will be settled at the bottom, and you won't get it into your pen.   Enchanted Ocean wrote like a very somber dark blue-black with a hint of teal and no shimmer whatsoever.  I had to re-fill the pen after shaking the bottle for a half a minute to start seeing the shimmer on paper.  That's despite the bottles having just arrived, fresh from a delivery truck.  It's the same with my J. Herbin shimmer inks--the shimmer settles to the bottom of the bottle unless you shake well before filling your pen.

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 02:06

[W]hich Diamine ink is closest to the base colour of Cobalt Jazz?



Blue Velvet and Tudor Blue, both from the 150th Anniversary collection, seem close, to my eye. Blue Velvet being brighter and Tudor being richer, my preference lies with Tudor Blue.


You could always decant Cobalt Jazz a few times. You will lose a tiny bit of ink, but the result is worth it. That is what I have done with two of my Herbin inks: Kyanite du Népal and Emerald of Chivor. I don't like shimmering or sheening inks. I solved the shimmering part by decanting them, and because I do not write with nibs which lay down a large and wet line, I see no sheen, not even on Tomoe River paper.

Edited by Jarod, 03 March 2020 - 02:13.

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 13:09

I would say your best shot is Cobalt Jazz. Yes, the same ink. Just let the shimmer settle on the bottom or speed up the process applying centripetal force, then use a siringe and collec the shimmer-free ink.

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 13:26

... speed up the process applying centripetal force ...

Awesome suggestion!  :lol:
Too bad for me, I only have a front-loader and not a top-loader for a washing machine.  :wacko:

Edit: My mistake. I thought you were talking about applying centrifugal force!

Edited by A Smug Dill, 03 March 2020 - 13:58.

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