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Old 08-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #1  
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I have a couple of Tilda mini stamps and the images are too detailed and small to color properly with my Copic "Sketch" tip markers .
I think I read that the Original markers have a very fine tip available .
Is this correct?

What are you using to color small detailed images? Is there a different brand of alcohol marker with a very fine tip ?
Sharpies have a very limited color selection
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Originals do have a fine bullet nib (and you can actually buy a bullet nib for the sketch/ciaos), but it's not as fine as, say, the fine point sharpies (the ones that have metal to the nib) or even the fine point side of an SU marker.

Usually, I just fake it and lightly touch my sketch tip into the space. No blending but the lines are usually so fine anyhow that you can't really tell.
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Does the Original Copic marker come with the very fine tipped nib or would I need to buy that as an extra nib?

If I do more small fine detailed images I may need to invest in some Original Copic markers.
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Barbara, the Copic Original pens come with a "standard" fine nib, but there are "super" fine nibs available (Oozak has them for $3.59/pk of 10).

I only have 1 Copic Original which is the colorless blender. I bought it to do something like this:

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/.a/6...9386d5b970b-pi

I love the patterns drawn on the hills, which was impossible to do with the Sketch colorless blender (at least for me). I ordered extra nibs, and wish I had gotten the super fine instead of the standard fine.
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Barbara,
The standard "fine nib" that comes with the Copic Original is much smaller than the nib found on Shapies. You can also get a "Super Fine" nib to use on the Original which is more like a pen or writing nib... very very fine.
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The standard "fine nib" that comes with the Copic Original is much smaller than the nib found on Sharpies. You can also get a "Super Fine" nib to use on the Original which is more like a pen or writing nib... very very fine.
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Thanks Colleen!
I think I read that Copic has a Special Edition set of Sketch markers with the fine tip. Do you think they will ever offer the Sketch with the fine tip either as a replacement tip or in a new marker?

I would be fine without the chisel tip , because the only marker I use it on is the Colorless Blender marker.

Maybe I better be careful what I wish for as I may get it and it would cost a kings ransom to replace all of my chisel tips with fine tips

I know they have Multiliners that have very fine tips but it is my understanding those are dye based ink , not alcohol ink .
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You are welcome Barbara,

Yes, we do have a special anniversary edition set of Sketch markers that do have the Super Brush on one end and the Fine Nib on the other. The set is 36 of our most popular colors (not new colors) and they come in a black barrel.

At this time, we don't have fine nibs that fit our Sketch markers (the anniversary set was specially made)... but we definitely know people want them! (Not sure if it's a future development or not.)

And yes... our multiliner are water based pigment ink, and those nibs don't fit the markers.

I've found that I can get into really small areas with my brush nib - even more so than the fine nib.. as long as the nib is in good condition. I was shocked when I replaced some of my old nibs at how much more control I had! LOL

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I think I read that Copic has a Special Edition set of Sketch markers with the fine tip. Do you think they will ever offer the Sketch with the fine tip either as a replacement tip or in a new marker?

I would be fine without the chisel tip , because the only marker I use it on is the Colorless Blender marker.

Maybe I better be careful what I wish for as I may get it and it would cost a kings ransom to replace all of my chisel tips with fine tips

I know they have Multiliners that have very fine tips but it is my understanding those are dye based ink , not alcohol ink .
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Colleen one of the problems I have when coloring tiny areas is after I get going I forget to keep the marker completely perpendicular to the image and use a very light touch stroke. The minute I slant the marker a tad I am using the side of the nib and get a broader stroke

I thought if I had tiny nibs like the Sharpie I may do better.
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I hear you Barbara! LOL I struggle with the same thing when I do hair... trying to get those super thin strokes... a lot of time I will use a colored multiliner to add the final layer. (Cheating - I know!)
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Thanks Colleen, I took your advise and changed the nib in my E29.

First I soaked it in alcohol because the ink was getting thick and shinny. When that did not produce the thin lines I wanted I put in a new nib. It did improve things a lot .

Even when I don't use the very dark markers as much as the lighter markers I find the ink gets thick and shinny in the very dark markers and they need maintenance more often.
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Yes, the darker markers have more dye pigment in them and less fluid, so they are a tiny bit thicker to begin with. Also, since it's normal to use "less" of a darker color, we often use the whole brush nib with light colors and then use more of the tip with darker colors. This causes those dye pigments to clog the rest of the nib. That's why it's a good idea with darker shades to periodically swipe some scrap paper with the sides to help keep the ink flowing.

Hope that helps.
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For the times I color in any stamp with a lot of design on it I use these 1.5mm micro applicators. I buy them from Amzn in 4 size applicators sets and they are so inexpensive it's laughable. https://tinyurl.com/soehp5t
Just touch the Copic to the applicator and color your stamp.
I have over 200 Copic Sketch markers and I've always hated the chisel ends. Last year or so Copic brought out replacement nibs for the chisel end. I've only replaced the chisels on my top 10 favorite colors for color & blending and 3 more for the colors I use the most for hand lettering and detail work so they have the Super Brush on 1 end and the fine point nibs on the other! It'd cost me a fortune to replace all of my chisels nibs when they sell at $5.99 for a 3 pack of nibs.
Try the micro applicators, I think you'll love them. My husband uses them in his models, great for applying a finer line on your eyes that the brushes in the eye liner does. They are lint free and the 4 pack assortment I have runs 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 3.5mm and 5mm. All 4 for $9!
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