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Hello from Finland!

I'm not able to join a US-based ink swap, freight costs are too expensive,  but I’m looking for some advice as I might start one in the Nordic region.  Shipping between countries here might also be prohibitive.  Also, although I’ve used FPs on and off for over 50 years, I’m only just seeing the hobby aspects.

 

I’ve just read through recent comments on vial recommendations and have some questions:

  1. what volume of ink do you usually swap?
  2. as well as sealing to vials well, how else do you package them for the post?
  3. do you use the normal postal service only?

 Thanks in advance,

JohnD

 

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On 2/6/2021 at 9:10 PM, goodpens said:

One extra tip re: sending samples and preventing leaks—

 

Silicon tape/plumbers’ tape, placed around the threads of the vial (aka under the cap) seems to seal these very well. 
 

One roll of the tape lasts almost forever. I bought a new roll today (“PTFE thread seal tape, 1/2” x 260”) at Home Depot, $0.59–well worth it!

Sealing around the caps with blue multi surface tape also works very well but you need to remember to put on the tape and pull it tighter in the same direction as tightening the cap e.g. clockwise. If you do it the other way it can pull the cap slightly loose and let some ink leak out as it relaxes.

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18 hours ago, NgunnawalJack said:
  • what volume of ink do you usually swap?
  • as well as sealing to vials well, how else do you package them for the post?
  • do you use the normal postal service only?

Volume: Varies. Work it out with the person you’re swapping with. Anywhere from  2-5ml/ea. (I prefer the higher end of the range whenever possible.) Often 1 for 1, but not necessarily. 
 

Packaging: Usually place vials in a small zip-lock plastic bag, with a paper towel or napkin included, in case of leaks. Maybe bubble wrap or another bag around that. 
 

Yes, usual postal service. 

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7 hours ago, goodpens said:

Volume: Varies. Work it out with the person you’re swapping with. Anywhere from  2-5ml/ea. (I prefer the higher end of the range whenever possible.) Often 1 for 1, but not necessarily. 
 

Packaging: Usually place vials in a small zip-lock plastic bag, with a paper towel or napkin included, in case of leaks. Maybe bubble wrap or another bag around that. 
 

Yes, usual postal service. 

Thanks for the advice.

 

I‘ll get some 5ml vials. And when they arrive, I’ll get started.

 

but first to check out the postal regulations here.

 

cheerd

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