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Hi guys!!

 

I require your guidance and expertise to try and make my own Blue Blacks. What I have at hand are the 40ml bottles of Parker Quink Black and Quink Blue. I was wondering if I could mix and make my own blue blacks using these two. I use a Lamy Safari F and 1.1 nib for my daily writing. I use ordinary notebooks nothing fancy.

 

Could you please give me a ratio that would give me the right color for the ink or your favorite blue black color? I want it to look dark but not too dark that it really looks black. I hope you got me.

 

How do I mix the inks the right way?

 

Anything else that I need to look out for when mixing these shades please let me know.

 

Thank you all!

 

Pete :")

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Find a clean container (sample vial) and mix there, using a separate syringe for each bottle (tidiness and to keep track of your working ratio). I mix using a third syringe to swirl the ink and to aerate the mix (pull the syringe full of ink and then eject slowly while dipped in ink to form bubbles).

 

I do not use either Quink Black or Quink Blue in my mixes so I cannot suggest a recipe. I find that you will need to use much more blue than black, and I suggest getting a violet ink to put some dimension into the mix (this is my "trick").

Hero #232 Blue-Black is my Waterman Florida Blue.

 

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I would start with some Quink Blue in a small vial, then add one drop of Quink Black at a time and test it until you're happy with the colour. It's important to not add much black. It is easier to just buy Quink Blue-Black though. No? :)

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If you already have the blue and the black and don't much like either, mixing might work.

Or, if you want to have another alternative and figure it will be a long time before you run out either.

 

I don't have either of those inks so can't give you a ratio, but I usually start with 5 blue to 1 black and adjust from there. In most cases that ratio won't turn out fully black. If you were to do a 1:1 you would expect it will turn out black.

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I would start with some Quink Blue in a small vial, then add one drop of Quink Black at a time and test it until you're happy with the colour. It's important to not add much black. It is easier to just buy Quink Blue-Black though. No? :)

Because Quink BB is really a deep teal (which is why I like it!). Not really a true BB. I might try some mixing myself.

My other pen is a Montblanc and...

 

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Because Quink BB is really a deep teal (which is why I like it!). Not really a true BB. I might try some mixing myself.

 

Ahh. I've never used Quink so I didn't know that. :D

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Ahh. I've never used Quink so I didn't know that. :D

I just put 3 drops of Q-Black into a half-full vial of Q-Royal Blue Washable. After giving it some time to settle I'll test it.

 

To the OP: that's what I think has to be done. Mix some, test, mix again, write down what you do each step, and repeat until you have the color you want.

My other pen is a Montblanc and...

 

My other blog is a tumblr.

 

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When mixing a Blue-Black from a Blue and a Black, my general rule of thumb is to start with one drop of black and 10 drops of blue.

You can then add more black or blue to adjust to get the degree of colour you want.

 

And yes, I mean drops. If you have a disaster, then it is only a small disaster and you can throw it out. I use tiny 1 ml tuberculin (also known as insulin) syringes and blunt decanting needles (which you can get on eBay). But check that it is legal for you to buy them in your place.

 

And keep records. Do a writing sample at each stage mentioning the current ratio of inks.

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Find a clean container (sample vial) and mix there, using a separate syringe for each bottle (tidiness and to keep track of your working ratio). I mix using a third syringe to swirl the ink and to aerate the mix (pull the syringe full of ink and then eject slowly while dipped in ink to form bubbles).

 

I do not use either Quink Black or Quink Blue in my mixes so I cannot suggest a recipe. I find that you will need to use much more blue than black, and I suggest getting a violet ink to put some dimension into the mix (this is my "trick").

Thanks antichresis for your input! Why do you really need 3 syringes!!! Can't you just wash the syringe and reuse it? Thanks again!

Pete :")

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I would start with some Quink Blue in a small vial, then add one drop of Quink Black at a time and test it until you're happy with the colour. It's important to not add much black. It is easier to just buy Quink Blue-Black though. No? :)

Thanks Chrissy for adding in! It's what Sailor Kenshin says (Quink Blue-Black).

Pete :")

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I don't have either of those inks so can't give you a ratio, but I usually start with 5 blue to 1 black and adjust from there. In most cases that ratio won't turn out fully black. If you were to do a 1:1 you would expect it will turn out black.

Thanks Ted A for the ratio tips & suggesting a ratio that I can experiment! Did you mean 1 drop of black to 5 drops of blue?

Pete :")

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I just put 3 drops of Q-Black into a half-full vial of Q-Royal Blue Washable. After giving it some time to settle I'll test it.

Thanks Sailor K for joining in! Please post your results here when you do a writing sample of the ink. Curious to know what you've created!! Cheers for doing the experiment!

Pete :")

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When mixing a Blue-Black from a Blue and a Black, my general rule of thumb is to start with one drop of black and 10 drops of blue.

You can then add more black or blue to adjust to get the degree of colour you want.

 

And yes, I mean drops. If you have a disaster, then it is only a small disaster and you can throw it out. I use tiny 1 ml tuberculin (also known as insulin) syringes and blunt decanting needles (which you can get on eBay). But check that it is legal for you to buy them in your place.

 

And keep records. Do a writing sample at each stage mentioning the current ratio of inks.

Thanks dcwaites for the bunch of tips, dos and don'ts! I'm new to decanting needles. What's the difference in comparison to a normal 5 ml syringe needle? Thanks ahead!

Pete :")

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And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”


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Normal needles have sharp, pointy ends. Decanting dispensing needles are flat at the end.

Thank you for your reply! Are there dispensing needles available for 5 or 10 ml syringes or they used only on tuberculin syringes? Thanks ahead!

Pete :")

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Where's Tas, our blue-black mixer?

He might be around! Wish to see him soon here if he's a real good mixer!! Thanks for your input!

Pete :")

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This was about a half-vial of blue, with three drops of black. Hmmm...needs work....

 

http://extras.ourpatioparty.com/files/8514/9107/8018/Q_Blue_and_Q_Blk-640p.jpg

My other pen is a Montblanc and...

 

My other blog is a tumblr.

 

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Thank you for your reply! Are there dispensing needles available for 5 or 10 ml syringes or they used only on tuberculin syringes? Thanks ahead!

Pete :")

 

All needles and syringes fit each other. I have 1 ml, 3 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml and 30 ml syringes. The needles fit all of them. I use the appropriate syringe depending on how much ink I want to move or mix.

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“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t.


And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”


Granny Aching

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This was about a half-vial of blue, with three drops of black. Hmmm...needs work....

 

 

Thanks for posting the sample. Yes needs more black I think. Keep at it and let me know how it turns out, okay? Well done!

Pete :")

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