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Thread: Water Erasable Pens

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    Super Member weezie's Avatar
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    I've a question that am hoping someone can answer. Several months ago, I bought a pair of water erasable pens, 1 blue, 1 white. I used the blue a bit to design for practicing FMQ and I used the white to mark designs on another quilt for hand quilting, a block at a time. I got 7 blocks done, a bit of FMQ practice done and then put the pens aside for the next 2 months to work on The Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt. A few days ago, I went back to my other projects and I cannot get either one of the water erasable pens to give forth any ink. I'm assuming they've dried up, but the caps were on and it seems a bit absurd that they dried up in 2 months' time so I've decided I'll not be buying any more of those. Have any of you had your WEPs dry up if you don't use them regularly?

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    tho I don't use them regularly, I've also had problems with them drying out and don't purchase them any more.

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    I have one that I have been using off/on for a couple of years...

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    Mine tend to dry out too even with the top on them. I just bought Fons and Porter chalk and really like how it works.

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    I keep my marking pens in a zip-lock bag when I'm not using them and try to store that with the "business ends" down - seems to help some, but I've also found the F & P white marking pencils work very well (also available in grey if you need).

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have one that I have been using off/on for a couple of years...
    Wow! That's amazing. I wonder if the brand is a factor.

    I've bought so many marking tools that are useless or virtually useless that I've lost count, so I'm frustrated and really leery about buying anything new. When I couldn't get my pens to write the other day, I used white artist chalk on a black quilt block. I'll be interested to see how well that comes off when I get the quilting done. I have loads of both white and blue artist chalk. If it comes off o.k., I can use it whenever I use templates; I suspect it is too fat for freehand drawing. I also have tiny chalk sticks and a special holder for them, but they are too flimsy and break at the least little pressure put on them, so that's one of the virtually useless items in my collection.

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    yep, they dry out. i bought a $6.50 clover iron off one and it was dry right out of the package!!! i'm still trying to get a refund from them.

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    I wonder if they actually dry up or if they just don't have muck ink to start with, I use my blue often and they don't last long

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    I wonder if their shelf life is indicated anywhere on the packaging or if the supplier even keeps track of shelf life. I have had some that seem to last forever and others peter out after a short life.

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    My pens dried up also. I also bought some fabric glue sticks from JoAnn that were dried up right out of the package. I threw away the first time it happened but then it happened again and I got my money back. I won't buy them again.

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