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Thread: WARNING FRIXION PENS

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    I received the following on the Carol Doak Yahoo Group:

    My fellow teacher Charlotte Anderson shared this bit of info and I know this pen was discussed previously and recently on the cruise.
    < So I went in search of these pens, which you can get a Staples. I bought the pack that has three colors in it - black, red and blue. Being quite the skeptic about things that are too good to be true, I read the back of the package. In small print it says: "Do not expose to extreme temperatures (<14degrees F;> 140 degrees F). If pen is exposed to temperature that reaches 140 degrees F the ink will be colorless when writing. To restore color, cool to at least 14 degrees F and the ink will again write in color."
    Aha! I said to myself. If you iron the ink it's going to be way over 140 degrees so it's going to disappear. So I took some fabric and scribbled on it with all three colors. Then I ironed it and, sure enough, all the scribbles disappeared. But then I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and all the lines reappeared. I left it for about a week and a half while I went travelling and today I tried to wash the ink out. It didn't come out with soap and hard scrubbing and not even after I put rubbing alchohol on it. So then I ironed the piece dry and all the lines disappeared and then it went back to the freezer and all the lines reappeared (perhaps just a bit fainter).
    This experiment was enough to persuade me that these pens are too good to be true and even sort of creepy - the ink is always there even if you can't see it. I wouldn't use them on any fabric or quilt you really cared about.

    If I had a blog I would have put this on there but since I don't any of you who want to pass on what I've written can feel free to copy and paste this post

    Charlotte>>

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    Thanks for the tip!

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    I never heard of this pen. I guess if you were a spy then this pen might be something you would need. Ha!

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    Thanks for posting this. I'll admit I was tempted to try them. Not anymore!

    Janet

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    These pens have been discussed in several threads on the board since they showed up in Houston....with mixed feelings and testing results. I'll stick with my Sewline pencil.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-85996-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-87043-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-94217-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-93330-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    Thanks for posting this. I'll admit I was tempted to try them. Not anymore!

    Janet
    Me too :thumbup:

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    Thanks for the info , Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I never heard of this pen. I guess if you were a spy then this pen might be something you would need. Ha!
    :lol:

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    I haven't heard of these pens before this, but I appreciate the heads-up so I don't purchase them in the future.

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    So if I DON'T put my quilt in the freezer, and don't put them outside when it's 14* will the ink stay disappeared?

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