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X-rays Identify Medieval Manuscript Ink

2nd September 2017

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This is actually more about pigments than inks, but it’s still fascinating stuff. There are a number of ‘traditional’ formulae for medieval ink; I have tried every one I came across, and it’s incredibly difficult to get right. I can imagine what a pain in the ass it would be to actually grind and prepare your own pigments.

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