The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Frixion Pens

Have you heard of these pens?  I found this posted on the Piece "O Cake blog by Becky Goldsmith and I thought it very worthy to pass along. The following email was to Becky from Charlotte Warr Anderson who tested these pens.  Charlotte gave permission to copy and post to everyone.

"I thought I'd give you all a heads up about Frixion Erasable pens. A student showed me hers at Road to California in January. She drew a line, thin but quite black, and then ironed it and the line totally disappeared. It looked like the coolest thing ever!

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"


Little Pieces of My Life said...

Hi Judy,
Sew glad we connected. That Shirley,
I tried my best to get her "hooked"
on quilting when she was here last summer.
I washed (by hand) & dried my embroidery piece, marked with the pen.Then put it into the freezer for the afternoon.The marks did not re-appear. Ironed it and everything was fine.
I would not use it to mark a quilt! I guess some gals are using a hair dryer to remove the marks.
Love your quilts. I'll be back.

kwiltnkats said...

Judy, thanks for the tip on these pens. I've passed it on to two quilting sisters that might find a use for them. You should add Judy L's Making Ends Meet to your bucket list! Don't you love Bonnie's designs... Sandi

Michelle May (Shell) said...

How cool! I took a class from Charlotte years ago. She is soooooooo fabulous!! She made the best bunny quilt!
xx, shell

taylorsoutback said...

Great information Judy! Thank you so much for the FYI... We are all always on the lookout for that perfect marking tool & there have been some real diaster stories over the years.
I wish I could invent a foolproof pencil....I would make a million! :o)

Pondside said...

What a neat thing to find! If I can't find them up here, I'm sure they'll be in shops across the border the next time I go shopping.