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Old 03-23-2012, 08:38 AM   #481
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I love my Copics but because of alot of personal "events" I have not been using them regularly. Now I am using them again (and thrilled) but several of them were kinda "drippy" I had them stored in a caddy bag upright. I thought that perhaps they should have been on their side. I googled and saw upright was the right way and I also saw a couple of postings that said either was ok.

How should they be stored? Or why are my markers so juicy now that I am using them again. I have them on their side at the moment hoping that will settle them down.

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I love my Copics but because of alot of personal "events" I have not been using them regularly. Now I am using them again (and thrilled) but several of them were kinda "drippy" I had them stored in a caddy bag upright. I thought that perhaps they should have been on their side. I googled and saw upright was the right way and I also saw a couple of postings that said either was ok.

How should they be stored? Or why are my markers so juicy now that I am using them again. I have them on their side at the moment hoping that will settle them down.

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Bonnie,

Copic Markers can be stored either upright or horizontal without any damage to the marker or nibs. I keep mine in a Color Cubbie (a discontinued storage tower), and they sit almost horizontal with a slight slant.

They could be juicier at one end if that tip has been stored in a downward position for a long time, but it's not a defect. Storing on the side is good to balance them out if you're having a concern. I would also recommend pulling the caps off of both ends of the marker at the same time. This should help draw some of the excess ink back into the barrel. If you still have a bit of excess on one end, just dab it on a paper towel or scratch paper a time or two.

The only product that Copic sells with a definite recommended storage is the Spica Glitter pen. Keep those horizontal since there are thousands of tiny glass particles in each pen barrel. The glass could settle at either end of the pen with prolonged upright storage.

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Copic Markers can be stored either upright or horizontal without any damage to the marker or nibs. I keep mine in a Color Cubbie (a discontinued storage tower), and they sit almost horizontal with a slight slant.

They could be juicier at one end if that tip has been stored in a downward position for a long time, but it's not a defect. Storing on the side is good to balance them out if you're having a concern. I would also recommend pulling the caps off of both ends of the marker at the same time. This should help draw some of the excess ink back into the barrel. If you still have a bit of excess on one end, just dab it on a paper towel or scratch paper a time or two.

The only product that Copic sells with a definite recommended storage is the Spica Glitter pen. Keep those horizontal since there are thousands of tiny glass particles in each pen barrel. The glass could settle at either end of the pen with prolonged upright storage.

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Thanks Lori!

I forgot about taking the caps off of both ends. I bet that will help.

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I live in Southern CA and have tried looking for the Hammermill cardstock that many of you have mentioned. I have tried Office Depot, Office Max, and Staples and all they carry is a very lightweight Hammermill. There is no Expedit store in my area.

I have been using Georgia Pacific 110lb from Walmart and so far its working ok for me, but would like to be able to have another choice without having to order one from on line. Can anyone suggest a store in my area that does carry Hammermill?

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I live in Southern CA and have tried looking for the Hammermill cardstock that many of you have mentioned. I have tried Office Depot, Office Max, and Staples and all they carry is a very lightweight Hammermill. There is no Expedit store in my area.

I have been using Georgia Pacific 110lb from Walmart and so far its working ok for me, but would like to be able to have another choice without having to order one from on line. Can anyone suggest a store in my area that does carry Hammermill?

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I got mine at Kelly Paper, do you have one near you? Another option is to Google "Hammermill cardstock in......" putting in your location, and see what stores carry it. See if that helps, good luck!
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Thank you for the information and paper links, can't find much in my area so will order Monday on line and have it shipped.
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Thank you for the information and paper links, can't find much in my area so will order Monday on line and have it shipped.
Since you're ordering online, Amazon's current price for the 80 lb Hammermill Color Copy Cover is $10.00, with free shipping on orders over $25. That's the best price I've seen it.
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I hope I'm in the right place to post this question -- I've never used the SCS forums before.

I just tried out my Copic airbrushing set and I think I'm hooked. Looking around for compressors, I've found several at affordable prices but they don't meet the 40-60 PSI range needed for the Copic system. Has anyone tried using the Various Ink in a standard airbrushing system? Perhaps thinned with blender solution or isopropyl alcohol? Thanks for any help you can give.

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The little bit of experience that I have had with air brush systems would say you PROBABLY could use them in a standard air brush system.
Have you checked some of the Copic suppliers on-line for an air compressor? I don't know what price range you are looking for but oozak.com has reasonable prices as an example.
You might even be able to find one on Craig's list.

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I just tried out my Copic airbrushing set and I think I'm hooked. Looking around for compressors, I've found several at affordable prices but they don't meet the 40-60 PSI range needed for the Copic system. Has anyone tried using the Various Ink in a standard airbrushing system? Perhaps thinned with blender solution or isopropyl alcohol? Thanks for any help you can give.

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I have the small Harbor Freight airbrush compressor and it works very well with my Copic markers, regardless of required rating. The compressor plus a nice braided airbrush line were less than $100; it is frequently on sale. I love it!

The thing is, unless. You already have the refills, it would be tremendously expensive to lay in a wide range of inks. The airbrush system with a compressor can actually save you a lot of money as it takes a lot less ink to spray in a background than to color it in normally, extending the useful life of the marker before refilling.

Hope that helps get you into a compressor sooner!
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I have the small Harbor Freight airbrush compressor and it works very well with my Copic markers, regardless of required rating. The compressor plus a nice braided airbrush line were less than $100; it is frequently on sale. I love it!

The thing is, unless. You already have the refills, it would be tremendously expensive to lay in a wide range of inks. The airbrush system with a compressor can actually save you a lot of money as it takes a lot less ink to spray in a background than to color it in normally, extending the useful life of the marker before refilling.

Hope that helps get you into a compressor sooner!
I've been wanting to get an air compressor for 2 years now and have always been a little intimidated about buying one not really knowing what to get. Thanks for your recommendation for Harbor Freight. Here is a link to the one that I want to get which is probably the same one you have and is within the PSI recommended.

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Nice thing is that there is actually a store close to me where I can get it and not have to pay for shipping.
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I've been wanting to get an air compressor for 2 years now and have always been a little intimidated about buying one not really knowing what to get. Thanks for your recommendation for Harbor Freight. Here is a link to the one that I want to get which is probably the same one you have and is within the PSI recommended.

Airbrush Kit - Save on this Airbrush and Compressor Kit

Nice thing is that there is actually a store close to me where I can get it and not have to pay for shipping.
No, that actually is bigger than mine. I have he 1/8 horsepower and it is more than adequate, on sale foe $59 right now. No extra stuff that you don't need; put the difference towards the Copic airbrush adapter kit.

Airbrush Compressor - 1/8 HP, 40 PSI

Then add this braided air line for $8.99:and you are good to go.

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-ft-b...ose-95813.html

I really like this compressor. It is small and lightweight enough to carry in a tote if I'm crafting with friends! I love it! No problem with getting the larger compressor of course, but the smaller one works great! My friends have the smaller compressor too, it's been almost two years and no problems so far.

Either way you go, you are saving a bunch of money with Harbor Frieght.
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No, that actually is bigger than mine. I have he 1/8 horsepower and it is more than adequate, on sale foe $59 right now. No extra stuff that you don't need; put the difference towards the Copic airbrush adapter kit.

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Then add this braided air line for $8.99:and you are good to go.

10 Ft. Braided Nylon Airbrush Hose

I really like this compressor. It is small and lightweight enough to carry in a tote if I'm crafting with friends! I love it! No problem with getting the larger compressor of course, but the smaller one works great! My friends have the smaller compressor too, it's been almost two years and no problems so far.

Either way you go, you are saving a bunch of money with Harbor Frieght.
Thanks for the info. I'm sure the store will have that one also. They had 9 of the other one on sale also, and I asked about the braided nylon hose and they had 9 of those also. You're right, I'd much rather have the smaller one.
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I have the small Harbor Freight airbrush compressor and it works very well with my Copic markers, regardless of required rating. The compressor plus a nice braided airbrush line were less than $100; it is frequently on sale. I love it!

The thing is, unless. You already have the refills, it would be tremendously expensive to lay in a wide range of inks. The airbrush system with a compressor can actually save you a lot of money as it takes a lot less ink to spray in a background than to color it in normally, extending the useful life of the marker before refilling.

Hope that helps get you into a compressor sooner!

Unfortunately I mostly have Ciao markers, which will make using the Copic system a little tougher (although I've seen ways to adapt them here on the forums) which is one reason I was curious if anyone had tried using just the ink. But Harbor Freight had the 1/8 horsepower, 58 PSI compressor on sale a couple of days ago, and my compulsive shopper took over!

I also bought Harbor Freight's Quick Change Airbrush Kit (for using with other inks), which comes with an air hose -- is there an advantage to the braided airbrush line? Since I already have an air grip, am I correct in assuming that all I need now is the air can adapter (provided the hose fits)?

Thank you to everyone for your helpful advice! I feel like I've been crafting in a bubble before now -- it is wonderful to have found someplace to connect with and learn from other crafters.
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Unfortunately I mostly have Ciao markers, which will make using the Copic system a little tougher (although I've seen ways to adapt them here on the forums) which is one reason I was curious if anyone had tried using just the ink. But Harbor Freight had the 1/8 horsepower, 58 PSI compressor on sale a couple of days ago, and my compulsive shopper took over!

I also bought Harbor Freight's Quick Change Airbrush Kit (for using with other inks), which comes with an air hose -- is there an advantage to the braided airbrush line? Since I already have an air grip, am I correct in assuming that all I need now is the air can adapter (provided the hose fits)?

Thank you to everyone for your helpful advice! I feel like I've been crafting in a bubble before now -- it is wonderful to have found someplace to connect with and learn from other crafters.
The small Harbor Freight compressor has a coiled line that is always pulling back. The braided airline is much nicer and lets me sit much farther away from the compressor without fighting the airline. If your kit comes with a straight line instead of a coiled line then you probably don't need it.

It is worth making an adapter sleeve for your Ciao markers to fit the Copic tool. I saw one that slipped over the marker itsel with foam tape on two sides to change the round shape to an oval; that way the tool could still be used with Sketch or Ciao markers.

The benefit can be summed up in two words: NO CLEANUP!!! Just switch to the next marker and go!

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I have just found out that I can't use copics airbrush system if they have a strong smell. The reason is I am just now into Homeopathic medicine and my Dr. says if it has a strong smell then it will antidote the medicine I am taking. I know this is a weird question but hopefully somebody can help me? I haven't opened my new toy yet and I would like to know if I can open it or not to avoid paying a 20% restocking fee in the case where I would have to return it. I don't think he's referring to sensitivity but just a strong smell in general. Any help would be most appreciative.
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I agree. There is no particular odor caused by using the airbrush system. You are just spraying the alcohol marker ink, so it's not like the normal spraying of paint which might cause problems for you.
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I have just found out that I can't use copics airbrush system if they have a strong smell. The reason is I am just now into Homeopathic medicine and my Dr. says if it has a strong smell then it will antidote the medicine I am taking. I know this is a weird question but hopefully somebody can help me? I haven't opened my new toy yet and I would like to know if I can open it or not to avoid paying a 20% restocking fee in the case where I would have to return it. I don't think he's referring to sensitivity but just a strong smell in general. Any help would be most appreciative.
A strong smell can sometimes trigger migraines and perfumes can trigger allergies for some people, but as a general rule: smells cannot hurt you.

Are you using the Bach flower remedies? You might want to do a little research on your own if that's the case. Otherwise, if you are worried about the alcohol smell from the Copics, find a pleasing incense or potpouri to use while you are working with them. Just keep the flame well away from the markers. The pleasing smell might even make your crafting more relaxing and enjoyable -- which it should be, right?
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It seems to me if you're that concerned about any possible health problems using the air brush you should return it, and the best person to ask about perhaps incurring a restocking fee would be a customer service rep from the company you purchased the system from.
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Airbrushing with the markers only smells as strong as an open bottle of alcohol. Try opening a bottle near you and see if it bothers you. You only need to spray the marker for a few seconds per color so I don't see how it could be too troublesome.
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I'm not worried about it bothering me personally (I guess you could say) it's just that I guess the poisons get into your body and remove the medicine I'm given. So then all my medical issues come back. For instance I'm not allowed to drink coffee which was no big deal to me until I discovered Starbucks cookie coffee. Up until then I NEVER drank coffee. So I'm more concerened about my physical/mental problems returning.
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I don't think that Copic markers have a strong smell - not like those big magic markers that so many people buy. When they first came out , you had to be careful using them or they could make you lightheaded, but Copics aren't like that. I use mine all the time and never can smell anything from them. I really don't think that the little bit you would use the airbrush at one time would any smell would be noticeable.
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Copics are non-toxic. They are plant based ethanol alcohol. There should be absolutely no problem with using them for airbrushing. If you use them on a normal basis for coloring, using them in the ABS is absolutely no different. If you have concerns about this, you should contact your doctor.

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Copics are non-toxic. They are plant based ethanol alcohol. There should be absolutely no problem with using them for airbrushing. If you use them on a normal basis for coloring, using them in the ABS is absolutely no different. If you have concerns about this, you should contact your doctor.

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Thanks! My doctor isn't a regular doctor who gives out medicine that can be bought from a pharmacy. He makes it from plants and minerals. So it sounds like I should be fine. I'll be seeing him tomorrow and I can talk to him indepth vs. texting him but it sounds like I'm good to go. Yeah!! Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:22 PM   #512
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:38 PM   #513
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Thank you to everyone who gave me such kind advice about using an airbrush compressor with my Copics. I tried it out yesterday, and it was so easy I was afraid I was doing something wrong. Still need to practice getting the spray where I want it, but I am definitely glad I took the plunge. Again -- thanks!
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:57 AM   #514
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What Copic colors would you suggest I have for Halloween? Or for pumpkins?
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What Copic colors would you suggest I have for Halloween? Or for pumpkins?
Pumpkins- YG67 YG03 E35/ Y13 YR02 YR04 YR07 picture from ilikemarkers.com

Alternative Pumpkins combos- YR12 YR15 YR16 YR18 or YR04 YR07 YR09

I also like YG21 YG23 YG25 and V04 V06 V09 as halloween green and purple colors
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This is just what I needed!!!! All things copics!!! Love it! Thanks for compiling all this information in one place!
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Love this forum, all the tips, techniques, and especially the color charts so many of you have compiled! Thank you so much for sharing the fruits of your time and effort, it is very much appreciated! I did some searching and comparing and found Otaku Lifestyle store. Anime DVDs, Manga, COPIC, Figures, Hobby! to be my best find for copics. Shipping is free if you buy 3 or more markers; ciao $3.59, sketch are $5.24. I was looking to buy sets, but ciao doesn't have same colors as sketch for some that I wanted, like the sea/sky set. Ciao doesn't come in bronze, etc. Anyway, I have a much better understanding what and how these markers work.

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Old 09-02-2012, 09:28 PM   #518
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Welcome to the wonderful, addicting world of Copic coloring!! Love my markers and so enjoy coloring and shading with them, hope you will too...........
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:39 AM   #519
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I've used GP paper for so long with my copics...it's crazy! Time to step it up with the paper. I did some reading and ran out to my STAPLES and bought Hammermill Color Copy Digital...28lb I was so disappointed when I opened it up THEN realized the weight. So, now I have this ream of tissue paper and my Staples doesn't carry the heavier weights!

Is there an online store that carries both the Hammermill & Neenah papers that I can order? I found one place but they wanted $15 s/h and thats just CRAZY!

Thanks for any help!
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to be fair, paper is very heavy and probably costly to ship. Try cutcardstock.com to see if they have both brands.
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