How do you make Indian ink?
Procedure of India Ink Preparation
- Centrifuge the CSF for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the supernatant fluid and mix the sediment.
- Transfer an equal amount of sediment and India ink i.e. a drop of the sediment to a slide and add a drop of India ink.
- Mix and cover with a coverslip.
What can I use as a substitute for India ink?
Mascara used as an alternative stain for cryptococci, was found to be at least as good as India ink in our setting. It is easy to use, and moreover, mascara is cheap, at less than 1$ a bottle, and readily available from local traders and supermarkets.
How do you make your own ink?
Use 1/2 cup fresh berries or thawed frozen berries; push them through a strainer so that you get pulp-free juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar (to hold color) and 1/2 teaspoon salt (as a preservative) and mix well. You can use a glass baby food jar as your ‘inkwell’, if you have one. Walnut Ink.
What can I use instead of Indian ink for stick and poke?
Tattoo ink is the best, but non toxic india ink (such as Higgins, Speedball or Winsor and Newton) works well also. These are all easily available on the internet. Stay away from pen ink and inks that may be toxic.
Can you tattoo with Sharpie ink?
Long story short, you should not use sharpie ink for stick and poke tattoos. While many of their markers are advertised as non-toxic. This only applies to external contact. Inhaling the fumes while extracting the ink or possibly going too deep and depositing sharpie ink into your bloodstream can be very dangerous.