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Spilling separated oil from ink

Hi people,
So I recently bought a Eternal Bright Yellow and long story short, I accidentally spilled some of it while changing the cap.

The thing is, when inks are left unshaken, the oil from the ink rises to a layer on its own at the top. And thats the layer that got spilled.

My question is, what is the purpose of that oily layer, and will this absence change the formula or effectiveness of the rest of the ink?

Any informed answer will be appreciated, thank you.


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RE:Spilling separated oil from ink

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Hey bro.


All tattoo ink start out as a powder and it requires what we call a carrier solution to mix with the powder in order to have a viscosity of liquid stable enough to be placed under the skin. all that you are seeing is the powder settling to the bottom of the bottle and the carrier formula moving to the top. The same as you would if you mixed a bottle of sand and water and shook it up. once you place it down the sand will eventually separate and settle to the bottom forcing the water to be visible to the surface. many inks us a different solution as a carrier to their inks, some are more watery or oily than others. So because you have spilled some of this carrier solution, your ink viscosity has become thicker, so when you use it, you may need to dip into your water a little more often to keep the ink flowing better. also be mindful of keeping the caps closed immediately after you pour it as it will tend to dry out quicker now that there is less carrier solution.

hope that helps

Take care


Stephen Stacey
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RE:Spilling separated oil from ink

Perfect, exactly the information I was looking for, thanks a lot superman you are the man.

One more question if you have the time, what if I spill just a little bit of the oil from my orange eternal into the yellow just to balance it, I dont mind if it becomes a warmer yellow.

Or shall I just leave it all as they are and just work as you said?
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RE:Spilling separated oil from ink

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Hey man,

You could do that, but It's not really necessary. Just put a few drops of distilled water on the top of the inks when you pour it, so that it doesn't dry out in your Ink cap. and keep an eye on your tube so that it doesn't get too dried out in there also, just dip occasionally in your rinse cup to keep the ink viscosity consistent, you'll be fine. it'll tie you over until you get another bottle... even sealed inks can dry up a little in the bottle, you may have noticed some inks a littler thicker than usually, especially if you pulled out a new color that you haven't used in a while. if the ink becomes too dry in the future and you are having a hard time getting it out of the bottle. Don't bother trying to doctor it, because you may risk contaminating it, just pick up another bottle....


hope that helps

Cheers


Stephen Stacey
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RE:Spilling separated oil from ink

Yea bro that definitely helps, I appreciate the info a lot thank you man.
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