This post has been in the works for some time now... Last year was a great year for all inks glittery. We had the arrival of the new Diamine Shimmer ink range which was simply amazing. How often do sequels in life surprise and exceed expectations?
With our cupboards brimming with sparkling ink it's about time to start writing with some of the stuff. But, before we can get stuck in, let's talk some quick tips to help bring those pens up to scratch and flowing smoothly to get the best of shimmer.
Here are our top 6 tips for shimmer inks to help you make them truly shine & shimmer :)
1. Shake it till you wake it
Shake the bottle well before inking. Make sure that the silver/gold particles are not sitting at the bottom of the ink bottle.
It's important to mention that turning pen in hand couple of times before and during writing (to re-distribute the shimmer again) will do wonders and is very eye pleasing too.
3. Go broad
Use wetter/broader nibs (it will work with Fine nibs too, the shimmer may be a little less apparent or only show under certain angle/light).
I would highly recommend to dedicate a pen to shimmer inks - TWSBI Eco comes to mind first....
It is a demonstrator pen which shows off shimmering ink beautifully. You can also disassemble it for a thorough clean.
4. There is paper and then there is paper
I have seen shimmer even on copy paper, but if you really want to embrace the shimmer use good paper : Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Tomoe River... If you see a photo with crazy amount of shimmer & often sheen the chances are it was Tomoe River - inks really shine on this one :) <3
Help the flow by pushing some ink through. Push or turn the filling mechanism to get some more ink on the nib and feed (careful, have some tissue paper ready just in case, but you will get a hang of it very quickly). I know that someone might say - well, it's just not on, but trust me...pens do suffer from ink starvation and this is just too easy :)
The final piece of advice - this is another cheat/hack which I use a lot (I tend to over-clean pens :))
If you have some DVDs around with security tags, cut them open. Inside will be 2/3 pieces of very thin metal called shim. You can use the shim to 'floss' the cut in the nib. Flossing will greatly improve the flow (which may get jammed with paper fibers or shimmer particles).
Shimmering inks do require a little extra effort but they are so worth it :)
If you have any other tips/questions please leave them in the comments. We love talking about shimmer ;)