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I recently moved from Noodlers to J. Herbin inks and really love many of the colors. IMHO, their Perle Noire is a wonderful black. However, I don't find the blues dark enough or intense enough to suit my preference and was thinking of a 50/50 mix of Perle Noire and Blue Nuit. Any experience or suggestions on the advisability of this?

-- Edited by Powerbroker on Thursday 10th of December 2009 02:23:47 PM

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I have mixed Herbin inks with no problems.
I have even used Parker Quink Black as the shading agent.

You should have no problems with two Herbin inks.
This is how I get the BB I want as well!

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What's your blue/black mix?

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Honestly, any blue that I come across that is not dark enough, I mix with black until I like it.
There are very few BB's I like out of the box. I like Sheaffer BB, MB BB, Lamy BB, and Sailor BB. (Sailor cannot be mixed with other inks!)

Other BB's, I usually darken. To take the Herbin as an example, a 1:1 ratio should be good.
I recently mixed Azure Bleu, Gris Nuage, and Parker Quink to make a decent BB.
I did a 1:1 mix with the Herbins (both way too light for me), then did roughly a 2:1 mix with those with the Quink Black. YMMV, but mix a little at a time, to get the shade you want!

My problem is, I mix so often, that I do not always see the same batch every time!

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Thanks!!!

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Mix the heck out of them! Most of the time if you stay within a brand you can mix without care. There are a few PR inks that had problems but Herbin is an old line manufacturer so have fun.

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My custom color for the past few years has been a mix of vintage Skrip, PR & modern Sheaffer ink. Zero problems at all, ever.

Mix to your hearts desire. Experiment & have fun. keep notes & amounts so you can reproduce your shade.

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DWL wrote:

My custom color for the past few years has been a mix of vintage Skrip, PR & modern Sheaffer ink. Zero problems at all, ever.

Mix to your hearts desire. Experiment & have fun. keep notes & amounts so you can reproduce your shade.




The only problems that could occur is if you mix from different ends of the pH spectrum with a highly saturated ink and start precipitating stuff out.

My suggestion is always do a small batch first and let it sit to make sure nothing is reacting. Then have fun!



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Mix the two in small quantities first (max of 5mL). I suggest setting a fixed amount of blue then mixing the Perle Noir drop by drop using a syringe or dropper until you get the dark blue you want. I prefer the syringe since it's easier to record volume in mL rather than number of drops, more accurate too.

Check for precipitation on the first drop and every few drops after. If a cloud forms, stop, though I thankfully haven't encountered that with J. Herbin yet despite the warnings on the bottle. Have you considered using Eclat de Saphir instead of Bleu Nuit?

Happy mixing!



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