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Preparing Dip Pen Nibs: To Burn or Not to Burn?

Preparing Dip Pen Nibs: To Burn or Not to Burn?

Dip pen nibs are usually protected with oils or coatings to prevent them from rusting. The problem with leaving the oil on the nib is that it prevents the ink from adhering to the reservoir and the tip, which causes the ink to blotch or skip. In order to prevent this problem, people will prepare their nibs to improve the flow of ink. A lot of advice on the internet says that you should burn the nib under a candle or cigarette lighter in order to remove this protective coating. Some people will even say that they like to make the nib glow red hot. Do NOT do this. Burning is a terrible idea, and people should stop spreading this very bad advic
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My Bio

Retired: graphic artist, technical illustrator, instructor, filmmaker, animator

Current Residence: Texas Gulf Coast

Favourite genre of music: Symphonic rock, classic rock and roll

Favourite style of art: Classic 1930's animation, art deco

Operating System: Windows 10

Favourite cartoon character: Betty Boop, Astroboy, Buttercup, and Hatsune Miku

Personal Quote: Life is short, enjoy everything!

Favourite Visual Artist
Osamu Tezuka, Robert Crumb, Grim Natwick, George Pal, Hayao Miyazaki
Favourite Movies
The Puppetoon Movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Lilo and Stitch
Favourite TV Shows
Astroboy, Powerpuff Girls
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Electric Light Orchestra
Favourite Writers
Issac Asimov
Tools of the Trade
Pencil, paper, scanner, computer, Paint Tool SAI, Serif DrawPlus. Clip Studio Paint Pro, Medibang Paint Pro
Other Interests
Cartoons, animation, filmmaking

Happy Birthday to my late brother, Jose.

Happy Birthday to my late brother, Jose.

I still think of him every year. Especially on the day of his birth. The world lost a very talented person when he passed.

The Big 66

The Big 66

I don't visit as often since my life is busy with many things such as maintaining my health. But I will come by as often as I can. Well it's my 66th birthday and I would like to thank all those who have left birthday wishes here. What can I say, being alive 66 years is not much different than 60 or 50 years. But still one slowly grows as a person and can look back on the past with some regrets. But I come to the point where it is history long gone and I can only hope look forward to better things. So to all those who follow me here I hope your future is bright and joyful.

My 64th Birthday

My 64th Birthday

It's on an inauspicious day I make my return to deviantArt.  The 64th year of my existence on this ball of mud they call Earth.  My absence was due to many factors keeping me busy along with a dormancy in my art muse.  But now I am prepared to once more jump into the breach and blast myself all over the map, if it does not get too messy.  And I would like to thank the birthday wishes to come my way.

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