Dec 16, 2008

Fixing Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens!

Inspired by one of the posts I found on a new blog by Roz, I decided to give a little kick to a couple of dying Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens.

First - I performed a sharpening technique: pull the tip out out, flip it around and use the other end, which is also pointed - worked like a charm - a couple of "inky" fingers and one happy camper with a sharp brush pen!
Fixing Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens I
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Second thing was adding some rubbing alcohol. The pen was used for quite some time and was running out of gas. So I decided to give this technique a try: opened the top part (shown separately on the image below - please do not be lazy and get pliers - I used my teeth and it's not the smartest move - the cap is hard!), added a few drops of alcohol and - VIOLA! The pen has more life! It's still getting dry fast but it starts with darker color and is holding it longer. I've used it for over a week daily now - and feel that it definitely is worth doing!

Third thing I did was to try and flip the tip of my Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen in a size of S. This happens to me a lot - the tiny tip get's worn -off - especially when I am using cold-press watercolor paper (and a big part of this handmade journal about which I will write a little later is exactly this). So - I decided that I will try the same: pull. flip, put it back trick. It did not work.
Fixing Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens II
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May be it's my hands not aiming in a good way - may be the pen is not designed to do this - but the result is broken metal tip :(
Miraculously, what's left of it - even though sticking oddly and sometimes trying to fall off - writes better than before! :)
Fixing Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens III
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