Price: Around $8 to $10 for a 3 pack
After finishing my most recent quilt I was browsing online and saw a new product I thought might be perfect for quilt markings. While I usually use white or blue quilt pencils, I’m always open to trying new notions.
They are a regular ink pen that can be erased by friction. Since friction creates a bit of heat, the markings can be ironed right off! They come in a variety of colours, and according to the manufacturer, they don’t smudge or fade.
But apparently there’s a catch. I’ve read online that the back of the package says that while heating the ink to 60 ºC (140ºF) will make the ink colorless, the ink can be restored by cooling to -10º C (14º F). Does that mean that in the dead of a typical Canadian winter, all the ink will come back?
I wanted to find out more so I went to YouTube and saw this video.
You can see that they tested heating a piece of cloth with ink and when you iron it, voila…the ink disappears! Sounds wonderful. But then I kept researching and found more videos and web reports that the ink returns when you placing it in the freezer.
Check out this great video from Japan.
I’ve seen the Frixion pens all over the quilt market and it’s nice that they come in a variety of colors but I’m wary about buying them if the ink comes back. Knowing how much time I spent on my last quilt, I definitely wouldn’t want any markings I made on the quilt top to be visible if the temperature cooled down.
So tell me, have you had a chance to try these pens? Would you recommend them? Let us know in the comments below what you think of Frixion Erasable Pens.