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Re: your mail
For inks, I'd try the better stationery stores for permanent ink
(Schaffer used to make permanent black and permanent blue/black ink) or
talk to other calligraphers as to what they use. I did a presentation
book and worked with the calligrapher who was to do the entries in the
book and ink and its interaction (bleed/no bleed) with the paper was a
big issue, but she was very particular about the inks she liked.
As to the roaches and the paste. I was taught years ago that a drop of
oil of cloves (available from drug stores -- used to be used to relieve
toothache) would make the paste unattractive to roaches. Later someone
told me this idea was nonsense, but than the person who thought it
nonsense did not live in an area in which roaches where a big problem
like South Carolina and Louisiana. Try it. I don't gaurantee it but its
worth a try.
On Fri, 10 Nov 1995, Jim Roche wrote:
> I enjoy drawing and doing calligraphy in the books I make, and prefer to
> use a fountain pen. However, I can find no information on permanent
> (archival) fountain pen inks (or at least those which are considered to be
> fadeproof). Does anyone know of such an ink and where I might order it?
> Another materials question --- I like to use YES paste in my book work
> because it doesn't buckle the paper, but have read conflicting reports on
> its archival qualities. Cockroaches seem to appreciate its flavor here in
> Louisiana, but so far that is the only negative attribute I've experienced.
> Is there anything I could add to the paste to make it unpalatable to
> insects? Or, what might be a good substitute with some of the same working
> Thanks to the many folks who responded to my question on stabilizing
> powdery pigments on marbled papers. Again, you may reply to the List or
> directly to the email address above.
> Krista Boehnert Roche
> James E. Roche
> Professor of Geology
> Department of Geology and Geophysics
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