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Old 09-07-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Can alcohol inks be made from the reinkers and 91%alcohol? Thanks!
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DIY Craft Supplies- Make Your Own Alcohol Inks | FeltMagnet

Here is one DIY I found. They use Sharpie markers instead of reinkers though.
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Copic re-inkers work but it’s $$. Depending on what’s used, plus cost of empty bottles if storing, the price may vary so sometimes could be cost efficient to buy alcohol inks when on sale - $2.33 a bottle in this shop that iamvics posted: https://onlyonelifecreations.com/col...eid=bb4c4719e8

joggles.com sometimes has good sales on it too, with very low cost shipping - can be worth getting on their email list for alerts.

I hope you post what you end up using and the results.
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Wonder if this would be a great way to use up some of those markers that are dried out, but still have plenty of dry ink left in the barrels?




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Wonder if this would be a great way to use up some of those markers that are dried out, but still have plenty of dry ink left in the barrels?

I followed up on your thought and went looking. The information I found was to put the uncapped pen tip into a capful of alcohol until you could see wisps of color, then take the pen out of the alcohol and cap it until it dried out some (15 minutes or so). The same article said it should work for water-based pens, too, but substituting water for the alcohol. I plan to try it on some of my Spectrums so I don't have to toss them...
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I followed up on your thought and went looking. The information I found was to put the uncapped pen tip into a capful of alcohol until you could see wisps of color, then take the pen out of the alcohol and cap it until it dried out some (15 minutes or so). The same article said it should work for water-based pens, too, but substituting water for the alcohol. I plan to try it on some of my Spectrums so I don't have to toss them...
Why would you toss your Spectrums? Aren't they refillable? I've bought refills for several of mine.
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Why would you toss your Spectrums? Aren't they refillable? I've bought refills for several of mine.

To be brutally honest, I don't love them enough to spend the $$ to refill them. I'd rather replace them with Prismacolor markers or Shinhan Touch Twins...
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I have a bunch of stampin up dye ink re-inkers and they can be used to color specialty paper similar to alcohol inks. I learned these techniques years ago when I first started this hobby, back in 2003. Try googling dye ink techniques or searching youtube. One of the techniques is called "marbling" this does use gold pigment ink too.
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I followed up on your thought and went looking. The information I found was to put the uncapped pen tip into a capful of alcohol until you could see wisps of color, then take the pen out of the alcohol and cap it until it dried out some (15 minutes or so). The same article said it should work for water-based pens, too, but substituting water for the alcohol. I plan to try it on some of my Spectrums so I don't have to toss them...

Please let us know if this works on the spectrum. I have them too and no refills (as of yet)
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I made my own alcohol inks years ago, using cheap permanent markers. The results were hit and miss, with some colours going well and some pretty bad. I bought cheap plastic bottles to store them in. The quality was definitely not as good as the real thing, but that was back when I was just trying it out. Since then, I've bought proper alcohol inks (and applicators coz I tried diy'ing that too). I'd say have a go, but don't waste too much money on buying ingredients and storage when the real products aren't very expensive these days...
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I made my own alcohol inks years ago, using cheap permanent markers. The results were hit and miss, with some colours going well and some pretty bad. I bought cheap plastic bottles to store them in. The quality was definitely not as good as the real thing, but that was back when I was just trying it out. Since then, I've bought proper alcohol inks (and applicators coz I tried diy'ing that too). I'd say have a go, but don't waste too much money on buying ingredients and storage when the real products aren't very expensive these days...

Thanks for your input....I have seen making alcohol inks using Rit dye and wondered if that worked...I also thought the cost of buying already made was probably the best route. Has anyone used the RIT dye method?
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