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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2014, 06:20:22 AM »
Just the husks, the shell and nut are for the squirrels  ;D
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2014, 06:32:24 PM »
Sounds interesting! I probably won't be trying it since I am allergic to nuts but I had no idea it was so easy! Thanks!
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2014, 02:48:16 PM »
  • Remove the husks and smash into smaller pieces with a hammer.
  • Place them in a pot with water , just enough water to cover the husks with about an inch of water and boil for around an hour (makes your house smell WONDERFUL!)

All the instructions I've read said you have to boil them all day and include all parts of the walnut. Someone even suggested throwing rusty bolts and nails in to deepen the color. Does the time/"ingredients" vary based on how dark you want your ink, or does it just not really matter?
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2014, 04:21:17 PM »
What matters is the amount of water to husks. After an hour a majority of the water will have evaporated if you fill it just over the top of the husks and it is dark enough for me. If it isn't dark enough for your taste, just boil it a little more until more water evaporates. :)
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2014, 04:35:06 PM »
Thank you, Christopher!
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2014, 09:50:04 AM »
I apparently collected enough walnuts for two batches, so I decided to try different suggested methods and see which I prefer :)

Batch 1 was this weekend-- I put all parts of the walnut in and slow-boiled for about 6 hours before letting it cool overnight. Everything was strained through cheesecloth into a bowl and then poured into a recycled Carlo Rossi jug! I haven't added any denatured alcohol/etc. to hold back mold yet because the mixture seems pretty thin.


For writing, I added several drops of gum arabic to my dinky dip. The ink is watery and dries slow to a nice shade of coffee brown! I've actually never used walnut ink before so I don't have anything to compare this too-- any comments are appreciated!



For Batch 2, I'll quick-boil just the shells as suggested by Christopher. Looking forward to it already!
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2014, 11:13:55 AM »
For Batch 2, I'll quick-boil just the shells as suggested by Christopher. Looking forward to it already!
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-- You mean just the husks?

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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #22 on: April 15, 2014, 11:19:16 AM »
I think it looks just right and how awesome!! How wonderful for you!
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2014, 11:19:56 AM »
That is SO COOL, Briana!

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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2014, 11:45:44 AM »
Great work! Fun isn't it? Gotta ask, is it just me or isn't the smell wonderful? ;D
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2014, 12:05:59 PM »
-- You mean just the husks?

Yes, I did mean the husks. Thank you, Linda and Estefa!

And Christopher-- my boyfriend said the smell reminded him of tea, and I agree!
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2014, 03:04:47 PM »
Wow Briana! Wonderful! It looks GREAT! I may have to try that! Or maybe have my husband try it since I'm allergic ... but looks like fun!  :)
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2014, 12:08:08 AM »
How acidic is walnut ink, both the homemade stuff as well as the commercial stuff.
The reason I ask is that I remember reading that the old iron gall ink was supposedly corrosive to the nibs.  And I would like to minimize deliberate exposure of my nibs to corrosive inks.  Well except for chrome plated or stainless steel nibs.
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2014, 08:24:26 PM »
Gary, use Norton's walnut ink as my go to ink. I buy the huge bottle. And I don't find it corrosive at all. McCaffrey's on the other hand - the bottle I have now, will wear out a nib in one session.
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Re: Making your own walnut ink?
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2014, 01:59:22 AM »
Thanks Erica.
Another ink for me to try.
Gary