Maintaining your calligraphy nibs is essential to ensure they provide smooth and consistent ink flow and last a long time. Here are some tips for taking care of your calligraphy nibs:
1. Cleaning: After each use, thoroughly clean your nibs with warm, soapy water or a specialised nib cleaner. Use a soft brush (or an old toothbrush) to remove any dried ink or residue if needed. Rinse them well and pat them dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
2. Avoid touching the nib: Try not to touch the nib with your fingers or hands, as the oils and acids from your skin can corrode the metal and affect the ink flow.
3. Storage: Always store your calligraphy nibs in a dry and clean environment. Consider using a nib holder or case to protect them from dust and damage. Keep them away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
4. Avoid dropping: Be careful not to drop your nibs, as this can damage the delicate tips. If you do drop them and notice any deformities or bending, it may be time to replace the nib.
5. Prevent rust: To prevent rust, make sure your nibs are completely dry before storing them. If you see any signs of rust, remove it gently with a fine abrasive like a metal polish or a soft cloth. Avoid using anything too abrasive that might damage the nib's tip.
6. Avoid heavy pressure: When writing, avoid pressing too hard on the nib, as this can cause wear and damage. Let the nib's natural flexibility and the flow of ink do the work for you.
7. Replace when needed: Calligraphy nibs have a limited lifespan and will eventually wear out or lose their shape. If you notice a decline in the quality of your strokes or difficulty in maintaining consistent lines, it may be time to replace the nib.
By following these tips and maintaining your calligraphy nibs with care, you can ensure that they remain in good condition and provide the best results for your calligraphy projects.
Jodie Rose x