Making Alcohol Ink

I’m out to find if homemade alcohol ink is as successful as store bought…

Also whats great is you can get the materials from the dollar store 🙂

Materials

  • Small container with lid (to store inks in)
  • Large container that can get stained
  • Standard Markers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Gloves

Make sure to make the ink in a well ventilated area! Alcohol evaporates quickly and can cause harsh side effects if inhaled.

Step 1

Glove up! Not only will your hands get stained but the alcohol will dry your skin out.

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Step 2

Remove the ink from the markers. This was a slight challenge but I pried the ends of the markers off with a pair of pliers. Then I pulled the ink sticks out with the pliers.

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Step 3

To store my alcohol ink, I found these lidded containers at the dollar store.

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Fill them with rubbing alcohol (I used 91%). You’ll then need to put the marker ink into the alcohol and let it sit. I used 3 markers per container. I found a few hours will remove most of the ink. Since my containers were smaller, I did flip the ink so that each end soaked in the alcohol.  Once the ink is drawn from the markers, remove the ink and lid the container. Let sit for a couple hours.

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Step 4

TEST!

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I used one mug– On one half I used store bought alcohol ink and the other I used my homemade ink

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STORE BOUGHT INK TEST

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HOMEMADE INK TEST

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COMPARISON RESULTS

Homemade ink took 90 minutes to dry to the touch. It’s consistency was thinner and more transparent than the store bought.

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Store bought ink took just seconds to dry to the touch.

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Conclusion

After 24 hours of drying and baking for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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The homemade ink still washed away after baking. For this reason and because of its quickness to dry and ease of use, I prefer the store bought ink over my homemade. Also it was less messy to purchase the ink 🙂

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I will continue to test different ways of making homemade alcohol ink to see if I can find a permanent ink! If you have any tips, I am happy to hear them!

 

 

Disclaimer– This is a DIY project and you are responsible for yourself if you decide to try this project. I am not liable for your actions.  Always read labels for safety and proper instructions. Remember alcohol is highly flammable.

Cheers!

written by tiff

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