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.Preparing Dip Pen Nibs: To Burn or Not to Burn? by tenebris-miles
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 advice. Dip pen nibs are thin pieces of metal that are heat-tempered during manufacturing in order have the right degree of springiness that allows the nib's tines to spread apart (to make thicker lines) and to retract together again (for thin lines). When you burn your nib, you're essentially re-tempering the nib by heating it and cooling it again. What
I love cartoons and anime. I just love art in general.|
My specialties are comics, but I'm still learning as an artist.
My goal is to be a comic artist and be able to create stories. I pray that with the talents God gave me, I can make my work meaningful, especially in comics.
I currently have a comic called "Beeswhacks" on Smackjeeves