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Discovery! A way to re-start a clogged Micron 01 Pen

Let's discuss it!Welcome to December! I’m dropping in today because I have what I think is a great tip to share with you …

I’m pretty diligent about recapping my Sakura Micron 01 pens immediately when I’m not going to be using them for a minute or two, and storing them horizontally as recommended.

“The performance characteristics of Pigma ink require a special ink delivery system within the nib, but the trade off is that the Pigma Micron has to be handled more carefully than an ordinary ball point pen. We pack our pens full of pigment ink. Pigment ink particles are much larger than dye ink particles and therefore more susceptible to gravitational pressure. The pen should also be stored horizontally when not in use.” ~ FAQ from Sakura of America

However there are times when my Micron is too new to have dried out, but for some reason the ink stopped flowing well and the strokes become kind of spindly compared to what I’m accustomed for them to be.

I’m guessing the tube/nib has picked up microscopic fibers from my paper and become clogged.

“A Micron nib may clog from use with partially dried paint or primer, wood dust, fabric dust, starches & protections on fabric surfaces and very fibrous paper. The Micron nibs are essentially “micro size plastic tubes” which allow our pigment ink formula to easily flow from the barrel to the paper. When any foreign matter clogs these tubes, the Pigma ink flow is blocked.” ~ FAQ from Sakura of America

Recently I stumbled across a way to restart the ink flowing well, and I’m sharing in case it helps you too.

Linda’s Micron Fix

StazOn-Stamp-CleanerI happened to have a bottle of Tsukineko StazOn stamp cleaner sitting on my table, and a light went off in my head:

If it cleans permanent ink from clear and rubber stamps, I wonder ….

So I put the smallest dab (maybe 1/4 tsp, not much!) of StazOn on my craft mat then lightly scribbled my recalcitrant pen in circles in the little puddle. Lo and behold, after a few scribbles and wiping the nib dry the ink began to flow well again.

This is no scientific experiment but it worked for me and maybe it will work for you too. No guarantees, use at your own risk and all that, but something worth trying if you have some StazOn handy.

And if your pens have actually run out, well it’s time to get new ones instead of trying to bring back the dead! 😉

BTW, Sakura of America’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page is a wealth of helpful and useful information. I highly recommend you check it out if you have questions or concerns about any of their products including Pigma Microns, Gelly Rolls, Identi-Pens, Permapaques, Koi …

For future reference, this article is filed on the TUTORIALS tab.

Thanks for your time, see you again tomorrow with another fun new tangle …

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