How to Make Silver Ink

by Chelsea Hoffman ; Updated September 28, 2017

Making your own ink at home enhances your crafts and hobby endeavors.

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Whether you're making home stationery or experimenting with different art media, making your own ink can prove useful. Making your own ink gives you the ability to create a variety of tones and hues, such as silver and other metallic colors. Silver ink is quick to produce and requires very few materials. Use silver ink to accent your crafts and drawings with shimmering hints of color.

Items you will need

  • 2 ounces rubbing alcohol
  • 2 ounces slate mica powder
  • 1 ounce pearl fleck mica powder
  • 4-ounce glass ink bottle
Step 1

Pour 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol into a 4-ounce glass ink bottle.

Step 2

Add 2 ounces of powdered slate mica. Slate mica is grayish in tone and can be purchased from any craft and hobby supply store.

Step 3

Add 1 ounce of powdered pearl fleck mica powder to give the ink a shimmery silver tone.

Step 4

Cap the glass bottle and shake it vigorously for a minute or two, or until the powdered pigment is completely dispersed throughout the liquid.


  • Use the homemade silver ink with a dip pen, or inject ink into a pen ink tube to be used as a gel pen or ball point pen.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

The author of such novels as “Planet Omega” and the romantic drama, “Chloe and Louis,” Chelsea Hoffman devotes her time to writing about a myriad of different topics like gardening, beauty, crafts, cooking and medical research. She's published with Dobegreen.Com, The Daily Glow and other websites, and maintains the site Beauty Made Fresh.