How to Make an Ink Stick


Ink sticks are traditional Chinese elements. These are deep black, and it takes a lot of time to prepare them. There is a specific procedure that should be followed for preparing an ink stick. For the convenience of our readers, we have marked some steps that are involved in this process. This can be highly beneficial for people who are interested in DIY activities. The process is described below.

How to Make an Ink Stick


Making an artificial ink stick, you will need some instrument. We know that an ink stick is a traditional object, so you need some conventional Chinese equipment for the process. At first, you will need some clay pots. Then you will need some bamboos and a knife to cut the bamboos. Then you will need some oil for making soot. For the deep blank color of the ink stick, amorphous carbon is much essential. You will need a big bowl for mixing the soot. You will also need some water for this process. You will need a big spatula, and there are some specific elements that you will need to mix with the soot.

After you have managed all these elements, you have to start making the ink stick. At first, you have to take the clay pot, and then you have added some burning oil in it. After that, you have to take the bamboo and then cut it and connect it to another pot. In this way, you have to arrange the oil-filled clay pots and then hang the bamboo combined clay pot above the firepot.

Then you have let the fire burn for the whole night, and then in the morning, you should brush off the soot and then collect it in another bowl. After repeating the same process for some time, you can start mixing the soot with water.

Let the Fire Burn for Whole Night

After the soot is mixed with water, you have to keep it in a dry place for one night. This will allow the soot to get settled. The next morning you have to take the soot out of the water and then store it in a dry place, then you have to cover the soot with a white cloth and then preserve it for one year.

After that, you have to make a mix. For this, you will need some elements like gold foil, pearl powder, oxide gelatin, musk, borneol, and bovine bone gelatin. Then you have to boil the gelatins and make a powder with other elements. Then you have to add the powder to the soot.

After the powder is mixed, you have to add the gelatin and then mix it properly. The soot will take a gelatinous form, and now you have to hammer the soot. Then you have to place it inside of the mold and wait for a night. Then you can take it out of the mold and start carving letter with gold colors. In this way, you can make an ink stick.


Lastly, we hope that the process we have mentioned here can help make an ink stick. Though it is a lengthy process, you can quickly get the best results by following our technique. Thank you for your time. Have a nice day!

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Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth is a creative writer and digital editor based in the United States. She has a passion for the arts and crafts, which she developed from a young age. Elizabeth has always loved experimenting with new mediums and sharing her work with others. When she started blogging, she knew that DIYquickly would be the perfect platform to share her tutorials and tips. She's been writing for the blog from the beginning, and her readers love her helpful advice and easy-to-follow instructions. When she's not writing or editing, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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