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I'm about to embark on a series of tests exploring the use of evaporation to darken an ink.  I'd love to hear from anyone who has advice or experience.

Specifically, I haven't found the dark red I want.  I have a bottle of Noodler's Tiananmen which is somewhat close, so I intend to leave a vial of it open for a while, and dip test it every week.  This sounds more precise and easier to perform than trying to quantify the percentage of evaporation.

AKA Ichiro Fakename

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6 hours ago, CXC said:

I'm about to embark on a series of tests exploring the use of evaporation to darken an ink.  I'd love to hear from anyone who has advice or experience.

Specifically, I haven't found the dark red I want.  I have a bottle of Noodler's Tiananmen which is somewhat close, so I intend to leave a vial of it open for a while, and dip test it every week.  This sounds more precise and easier to perform than trying to quantify the percentage of evaporation.

 

Is this likely to change the viscosity, and potentially clog up a pen?

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I evaporate inks often using a little USB coffee warmer. For example, Vinta Julio was way too light and evaporating it by a third resulted in a lovely muted blue. Evaporating Cross Black by 50% produced a sheening black ink. I use the lowest setting on the warmer, so it often takes the inks weeks to reduce. Patience.

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Adding a drop or two of black ink works wonders when looking to darken an ink.  I do that all the time.  Obviously it's worth trying that on a small sample to make sure that precipitates are not formed, before adding black ink to a whole bottle.

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14 hours ago, austollie said:

Adding a drop or two of black ink works wonders when looking to darken an ink.  I do that all the time.  Obviously it's worth trying that on a small sample to make sure that precipitates are not formed, before adding black ink to a whole bottle.

Glad to hear it can work.  I'll give it a try; it certainly will be faster.

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19 hours ago, austollie said:

Adding a drop or two of black ink works wonders when looking to darken an ink.  I do that all the time.  Obviously it's worth trying that on a small sample to make sure that precipitates are not formed, before adding black ink to a whole bottle.

Initial tests very encouraging.  I am abandonning the evaporation approach.  Thanks for the good advice.

AKA Ichiro Fakename

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