New Edible Markers, Tips On Getting Them To Write?

Decorating By JCE62108 Updated 16 May 2010 , 2:16pm by iamcakin

JCE62108 Posted 10 May 2010 , 3:22pm
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A few months ago I bought some food writers at Michaels and for the most part they worked ok. They weren't great, so I thought I'd try another brand. I got a set of KopyKake edible markers, and unfortunatly, most of them will not write. It's almost as if it's dried up or something. For the food writers I got a michaels, I remember the directions saying something about wiping the tips with water after each use. So I tried wiping the tips of my kopykake markers that didnt work...and they still dont work.

Any tips on how to get these things to write? These are brand new. First time I've used them and from the time I bought them until I used them a few days ago they stayed in the plastic bag they came in, so I doubt they are dried out. A set of these things is kind of pricey, so if I can get them to work that would be fantastic.

I need these to work for an order due the 22nd. They are perfect for drawing little details on butterfly wings. icon_smile.gif And I have about 80 butterflies to make. Painting it on is my next option I guess. Not fun. icon_smile.gif

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BlakesCakes Posted 10 May 2010 , 11:10pm
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Don't know where you bought these from, but I got KopyKake markers directly from KK about 2 years ago. I store them in the bag in the fridge and they work as well today as they did 2 years ago. I don't wipe them or do anything special after using them. I love them.

If you haven't had them very long, I'd contact the vendor who sold them to you. If they aren't helpful, I'd contact KopyKake to see if they can do anything. I've talked to them at ICES Convention and they're very nice.


Ladiesofthehouse Posted 10 May 2010 , 11:31pm
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I have the same problem with mine! I didn't know what I was doing wrong either. Sometimes they work a little, sometimes they don't work at all. Mine also seem dried up even though I bought them new. I also bought Kopykake ones thinking maybe they were a better brand, same thing. I keep them sealed in the fridge.

Looking forward to hearing what others think.

HamSquad Posted 10 May 2010 , 11:31pm
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Blakescakes is absolutely correct, I store my markers either in plastic storage bag in refrigerator. I never wipe anything off. I've had mine for a little over a year. I wonder if you dipped them in lemon extract or vodka or something with an alcohol base, would that rehydrate them if water won't work? HTH Best wishes

KHalstead Posted 10 May 2010 , 11:52pm
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i bought kopykake edible markers on ebay and mine were dried out too........I just took the little sponge thing out of the back that holds the color and dunked it into that same color of airbrush paint and it soaked it up and they work perfectly!!

amysue99 Posted 11 May 2010 , 12:05am
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Had some KopyKake markers and hated them. I bought mine directly from KopyKake. Now I use the AmeriColor markers and they are awesome!

Kitagrl Posted 11 May 2010 , 12:19am
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Americolors are GREAT....I've had mine for several years! I bought a second set because I needed another color (can't remember even why I did that...) but yeah I just have them in a drawer in my fridge and I take them out as needed and I love them.

JCE62108 Posted 16 May 2010 , 12:56pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

i bought kopykake edible markers on ebay and mine were dried out too........I just took the little sponge thing out of the back that holds the color and dunked it into that same color of airbrush paint and it soaked it up and they work perfectly!!

Huh. Maybe I should try that. Lets see if I can get this thing apart without ruining it. Oh crap I dont have pink aircrush color. Maybe some diluted pink gel color will work. You know, I was sitting here just dipping the tip of the pen in diluted color and "painting" it on. It's not really working that great. I'll see if I can take it apart.

I havent been storing mine in the fridge....could that have something to do with it? Why does it need to be in the fridge anyway?

Thanks for your responses, BTW. Sorry I didnt reply sooner. Sometimes I get notified of replies to my topic and sometimes I dont. I dont really get it. icon_smile.gif

JCE62108 Posted 16 May 2010 , 1:06pm
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I took the little tips off and dipped them in some pink color diluted with vanilla (no vodka on hand). Am a supposed to wait a bit to see if they work? It's still not doing anything different.

I may try the Americolor ones next time. The whole set is like this except for the light blue and black. Those work great. I just did 80 monarchs with the black and didn't have any problems. Thanks for all the comments, guys. Ill figure out something. If nothing else Ill just keep painting it on. It's not ideal but it works.

JCE62108 Posted 16 May 2010 , 1:39pm
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WOW! Ok, I thought maybe I didnt soak the tips long enough, so I took them out again, mixed up some thin pink with vanilla, let the tips sit in it for about 10 minutes, popped them back in and they work PERFECT. Thank you so much for the suggestion! Honestly I dont think I would have thought of taking the tips out for fear I'd mess it up, but I guess at this point it was either that or it was going to go in the garbage anyway. Thank you! Now I can get my butterflies done and the details already look so much better than when I was painting. Thank you!!!

iamcakin Posted 16 May 2010 , 2:16pm
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Should the pens be stored in the fridge?
Thanks icon_smile.gif

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