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Making Iron Gall Ink
Making a quill pen
Work in Process: Machine Knitting
Making a one-part rubber mold and casting an object
As DTOM mentioned earlier.....acorns are a perfect substitute, and make Fantastic gall ink.The way I make it is to use an old super RUSTY cast iron pot for boiling the acorns, and no extra iron is needed at all. .....when finished, just leave the old pot outside to continue rusting.Although you can add honey, gum arabic, or powdered egg whites as mentioned, I've never noticed that it was necessary either.Just shake the bottle of ink before using, and never had any need for a binder so far, and I've been using this ink for about 5 years now.My end product is a JET black ink with tones of grey, and purple when thinned out.....the acorns locally that I use are Red, and Black oak acorns.
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