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Black Ink Recipe

How to Make Permanent Black Ink


You can use chemistry to make your own ink.

You can use chemistry to make your own ink.

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This is a simple recipe for a permanent black ink.

Black Ink Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp lamp black
    You can buy lamp black or carbon black or you can make your own by completely burning paper or wood
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp gum arabic
  • 1/2 cup honey

Prepare the Black Ink

  1. Mix together the egg yolk, gum arabic, and honey.


  2. Stir in the lamp black. This will produce a thick paste which you can store in a sealed container.


  3. To use the ink, mix this paste with a small amount of water to achieve the desired consistency.
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