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DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:11:37 PM »
CURIOUS! Everyone has their own method of dipping their nib into ink, but what kind of container do you use? Some like to dip directly into the bottle of ink (allowing rapid evaporation), others like different methods - personally I used to use the small plastic cap protecting the plunger of the insulin syringe. It holds enough for ample writing time, and when finished you can pour the remaining ink back into the bottle. Of course you should use the insulin syringe to suck up enough ink to transfer it into the "dip cup". Be sure if you use this method that you glue the "dip cup" onto your work area so that it will not spill. This method may not work as well for you as it did me, but I liked it so much that I used it for years. The offset holder does not come into contact with the dip cup-only the nib.If you want a different type of cup there is also the glass or plastic candle holder, which carries more ink, but also has to be anchored (glued) down on your work area. I used this type when doing the "Declaration of Independence" as it was rather lengthy.

Any comments on your method of "dipping"?
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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 06:37:35 PM »
I'm a fan of the Dinky Dips :)

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 06:38:00 PM »
Ah! I've spilled my ink two or three times already :)

Your syringe method is interesting! As for me i just use small make-up/bead containers as a mini decanter for my inks :)
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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 07:41:10 PM »
i found some great small italian jam jars that are wide mouth, short, and the base is just as wide as the mouth...did i just describe George Costanza?
anyhoo, they are glass for easy clean up, copper lid is very pretty, and they won't tip over because of their width.  i love them!

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 08:17:39 PM »
i found some great small italian jam jars that are wide mouth, short, and the base is just as wide as the mouth...did i just describe George Costanza?
anyhoo, they are glass for easy clean up, copper lid is very pretty, and they won't tip over because of their width.  i love them!

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 08:27:52 PM »
Dinky dips for me.

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 09:10:13 PM »
i found some great small italian jam jars that are wide mouth, short, and the base is just as wide as the mouth...did i just describe George Costanza?

hahahah joi! you crack me up!

I use dinky dips, or, some widemouth bottles that one of the local guild members sells, with fancy wooden lids and wooden stands - very awesome. I will post a pic on IG at some stage of them. 

For gouache and random mixed-up media I buy these little plastic cups for $2-for-10 every so often ... they have lids, so I can seal them when I'm done, but they're little enough to be disposable if I stain them irreparably (or use masking fluid or something!)

And I have some little Dappen Dishes (I think that's what they're called??) - those are cool.

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 09:20:06 PM »
I use old gel eye liner containers

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 10:06:58 PM »
I use like 7-8 sample cosmetic containers. I like to mix watercolours in small quantities in various colours and keeping them stored (despite them not giving fine lines, I think they are less acidic than permanent ink.. (I don't own walnut ink yet, but I'm keen to get that to try). They have round, fat bases, so I've not spilled anything yet. Also, it's impossible to overdip because the depth isn't usually higher than the length of the nib anyways. I keep the sample small to keep the ink fresh. I prefer applying with a brush for better lines though.

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 10:28:53 PM »
I use the McCaffreys inkwell or a vintage brass inkwell for my often used walnut ink.
But for inks I have to mix like gouache, I use little manicure glass dappen dishes with cute little lids: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=glass+dappen+dish&_frs=1
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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2014, 06:07:23 AM »
I use the McCaffreys inkwell or a vintage brass inkwell for my often used walnut ink.
But for inks I have to mix like gouache, I use little manicure glass dappen dishes with cute little lids: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=glass+dappen+dish&_frs=1

Sometimes I hate not being in the US. A dappen dish on ebay sg costs something like $1.25 + 15SGD shipping.

And this is insane.

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2014, 07:33:38 AM »
i glued an old marker cap onto a small board. in germany we have edding as a perfect brand, but i guess magic-marker in the states have similar end-caps?!
with a pipette i get the ink into the diy-dip-cup and the unused ink back into the flacon.

this way i donīt waste any ink or loose it by accidentially pushing over the flacon ;)

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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2014, 10:49:23 AM »

Sometimes I hate not being in the US. A dappen dish on ebay sg costs something like $1.25 + 15SGD shipping.

And this is insane.


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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2014, 11:05:40 AM »
I use the McCaffreys inkwell or a vintage brass inkwell for my often used walnut ink.
But for inks I have to mix like gouache, I use little manicure glass dappen dishes with cute little lids: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=glass+dappen+dish&_frs=1

Sometimes I hate not being in the US. A dappen dish on ebay sg costs something like $1.25 + 15SGD shipping.

And this is insane.

Felicia, i haven't tried looking...but maybe they have these kinds of dappen dish/inkwell at old mom&pop stores? Or maybe somewhere among the stores in bugis (arab st)? I figured they have some stores that sell stuff like this.
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Re: DIPPING YOUR NIB INTO WHAT?
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2014, 11:16:43 AM »
The syringe has got me thinking.  Has anyone tried sucking the ink into the syringe, and then added it by drop to the nib?  Afterwards, the syringe could be emptied back into the bottle.