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Madder Purple Ink

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Madder Purple Ink

12.00

Historic Madder ink, 1 oz.

Designed for Dip Pen and Quill

Our madder ink is one of the most complicated to make. It involves extracting madder root by boiling multiple times and adding alum, lime, and natron (washing soda). This creates a beautiful purple pigment that has to be washed multiple times until it is ready to become ink by adding wine, gum arabic, and preservative.

Historically madder was used to create a whole range of colors ranging from pale rose or salmon colored to a deep reddish purple or bright red. Madder was used to create pigments for paint as well as dyes for cloth and leather.

This ink requires it to be shaken very strongly when you first receive it and begin to use it to stir the pigment particle back into the body of the ink. Typically a swirl every 15-30 minutes while using it will help to keep them suspended.

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Our historic inks are formulated using period recipes and analysis of period inks.  These inks are designed for use with genuine quills and dip pens, NOT fountain pens, as they will not work correctly in fountain pens, and will either corrode or clog (or both) the inner workings of a fountain pen.

As these are made using historic recipes and techniques there will be some variation between each batch; however, the flow of every batch of ink is tuned by hand to give proper behavior from a quill.

Each of our historic inks come in a 1 oz bottle with a screw-top lid that has been dipped in wax to give it a more authentic style.