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How To Darken Shaeffer Scrip Peacock Blue?


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I would like to find a good Prussian Blue, in my view, a slightly grey-turquoise-blue.
Having recently bought a bottle of Shaeffer Scrip Peacock Blue, mainly for the cool bottle, I found the ink watery.
Peacock Blue,
Do you have any suggestions for mixing this Peacock Blue with black or blue and black so as to get a more substantial color?
So far my only mix that worked from a color standpoint has been Pilot Black from an ink cartridge with deArtemis Mint Turquoise. This is somewhat gummy after some weeks, but is a beautiful dark bliue-green.
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Welcome to FPN.

There are others who are more knowledgeable than I who may provide more specific details. You can gain a lot of information from this forum.

First, when you mix inks do so in small quantities in a separate container. That way if the mix fails you only lose a bit of ink.

Keep good notes of what you mix and the quantities.

As I understand it, European ink, the Scrip, and Japanese ink, Pilot, have different PH, which may explain why your mix is gummy. Personally if it’s getting gummy I wouldn’t put that mix in my pen.

I would try a European black ink, Sheaffer, Lamy maybe, to try to darken. Use just a little black. A little will darken other inks a lot


Good luck

To hold a pen is to be at war. - Voltaire
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Thanks! I've switched to J Herbin Bleu Pervenche, not the same hue, but a nice darker peacock blue. So I've put off any mixing for a while.

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I would also suggest that you have a look at Diamine Havasu Blue or Edelstein Topaz (the Diamine is cheaper, but I like the flow of the Edelstein a little better). And for a darker turquoise with great shading, also consider KWZI IG Turquoise (unless you're scared of iron gall inks).

And if you don't like the Skrip Peacock I would be more than happy to take it off your hands :rolleyes: (says the person who bought a 3/4 full pint bottle of the stuff at an antiques mall a few years ago :wub: , and has been trying various other turquoise inks to find an acceptable substitute ever since -- so far, the closest match for color and that darker edge line on strokes which some people refer to as haloing is regular Diamine Turquoise, so if you don't like the Skrip Peacock I've just saved you a little money...).

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