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douglas seiler

hi, we are recreating some carbonized papyrus scrolls and need some ink that is similar to the one that was used around AD 79.  we know carbon black is a main component, but the gum arabic and other products are not know to us, exactly.  maybe someone here knows where I can buy some.......   

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Hello Douglas and Welcome to FPN!! So glad to have you as a member!! You may not get your answer here in the introductions subforum. Try the Inky Thoughts Sub forum, where more ink experts hang out!  Again Welcome!

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Hello and welcome Douglas. Gum arabic is easily available in larger art supply houses, I found d several sources in a Google Shopping search. As far as a recipe is concerned you might try contacting the restoration department of a museum to see if they can offer information.  

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@ douglas seller -- Have you looked into recipes for making lamp black?  It's basically soot mixed with water and gum arabic (and apparently sometimes also with egg white and honey.

I went to a workshop years ago on how to make it (to get the soot, hold a ceramic plate over a lit match high enough to not put the match out, but low enough to collect the soot), but don't remember much beyond that (it was in the early 1990s).  But I got curious and found a website that might be of help: https://www.textualcriticism.org/post/how-to-make-lampblack-ink

Good luck in your endeavors, and let us know how it turns out.

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Hello and welcome to FPN.

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