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Old 06-26-2017, 05:24 PM   #1
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I have opted to change out the chisel nib on my Copic originals for a brush nib. Is there any way to save the chisels in the event I choose to use it again? Would small, clear sealable bags store them safely? Thanks
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Hi Nancy!

I have never used those chisel tips! I wish they'd have put fine tips on that end instead. I would think they'd store OK in a plastic bag as long as you let them dry out first. That's just a guess though as I've never tried it, but I like the idea of changing those to brush nibs!
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Kathy, Merriartist has brush tips for those original markers. I ordered a few to see if I liked them. They are not as long as the super brush on the sketch markers but they are fabulous, shorter with the same flexibility. Now the issue is what to do with those chisels. I use them occasionally and would not be thrilled if I had to throw them away. Unfortunately though this seller is the cheapest so far at 5.75 for a pack of 3.
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I have opted to change out the chisel nib on my Copic originals for a brush nib. Is there any way to save the chisels in the event I choose to use it again? Would small, clear sealable bags store them safely? Thanks
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I just got a baggie of the Original brush nibs to try some lettering techniques the other day!


You can save the chisel nib to use in the future. Even in a small ziplock baggie, they will dry out, and those dried particles will act like a plug in the fibers of the nib when you try to re-use the nib. The simple solution is to prep the nib before putting it back into the marker. I recommend thoroughly soaking them in Copic Colorless Blender (aka Copic Blending Solution - Copic color 0 - all the same thing, commonly called by different names, but NOT the same as rubbing alcohol). This will loosen up the dried dye particles that are resting in the nib fibers. Once the fibers are loosened up, pat the nib dry so it's not dripping colorless blender, and then place the chisel nib into the marker. Depending on how juicy the marker is, you may want to add a bit of color refill to the tips or refill the marker. I'd recommend labeling the nibs you are saving/storing as it's hard to determine once the nib is dried out.


This same process will work if you have a marker that the cap was left off and the nib dries out. Enjoy!
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Thanks Lori. I'd have never thought that the nib would dry out. Your suggestion is excellent!
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Thanks Lori. I'd have never thought that the nib would dry out. Your suggestion is excellent!
They can, but as long as you re-wet it with Colorless Blender it's fine.
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Thanks Lori! Great info!
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Rather than use zip lock bags (they are so big!) it might be easiest to store if you buy the smallest size treat bags with a zip type opening at a craft store - the kind made for candy or treats. They are pretty inexpensive. You can mark the color on the outside and store a multitude of them inside a quart size zip lock...take up much less room that way.
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joniworx, thank you! Excellent idea! I had just found some inexpensive tiny zip lock bags and love the idea of storing them in a quart size bag after labeling them.
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Some excellent suggestions. I wasn't aware there are replacement nibs for coopics.
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Thank you for the timely thread on changing out nibs on Copics. I appreciate the info and knowing that the removed nibs can be reinserted if neeeded.

I got brave and ordered some of the new fine tip nibs for the sketch markers to replace the chisel nibs. It was surprisingly easy to do and the old chisel nibs were safely tucked into little zip bags, just in case I need to reuse them.

Thanks for giving me the courage to switch out nibs. So glad to be rid of those unused chisels on some of my favorite Copics.
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That's fantastic. I'm glad there is a solution to everything.
While this thread was going on, I was thinking if it's a good/bad idea if the nibs can be dipped in oil and then storred. Will it keep them longer before they become dry and unusable??
I don't know, I will have to try, after Iwipe the nib of course.
Great ideas dear crafters.
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That's fantastic. I'm glad there is a solution to everything.
While this thread was going on, I was thinking if it's a good/bad idea if the nibs can be dipped in oil and then storred. Will it keep them longer before they become dry and unusable??
I don't know, I will have to try, after Iwipe the nib of course.
Great ideas dear crafters.
Yikes! My first impulse is to say NO! Copics are alcohol based inks. If you were to reintroduce an oil soaked nib into the marker, it would in all likelihood "foul" the ink solution inside.
Now I'll let the experts chime in on this, just in case I'm totally off base on this.
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Yikes! My first impulse is to say NO! Copics are alcohol based inks. If you were to reintroduce an oil soaked nib into the marker, it would in all likelihood "foul" the ink solution inside.
Now I'll let the experts chime in on this, just in case I'm totally off base on this.
I know what you mean 😁 Alcohol will dry them out quickly thou.
I don't know if I want to attempt removing the nibs. I have 83 copics and only 5 pinks,1 honey, 1 pearl white have nibs.
It will nice if we can hear other opinions.
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Irene, stamp_momma had the best and safest suggestion above. At very worst, nibs can be replaced at a cost of about $2.00 each. It's so worth it to have the nibs you feel comfortable using when coloring. Enjoy your copics! Have a great holiday.
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