Friday, July 3, 2009

Flourish Friday July 3

I am getting excited to attend my first IAMPETH convention. I normally just keep my nibs in the little bags and envelopes they arrive in from Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller, but I thought I better get a little more organized for the convention.

I had read about using Altoids' tins for nib storage, and since I can never seem to throw away an Altoids' tin, I thought I should give it a try. As suggested at Cyberscribes, I lined the inside top and bottom of the tin with those thin, little business card magnets that people and businesses use for advertising. Then, using the metal embossing tools I bought from Magdalena at MercArt, I debossed and embossed the name of the nib manufacturer on metal tape from the hardware store. Then I trimmed the tape and stuck it to the top of the tin. Easy, peasy.

I added little labels to help keep the nibs organized.

There's a tin for Brause, Hunt, Hiro, Gillott, Esterbrook and a catchall.
I'll have to go through a lot more Altoids before I can do my broad edge nibs!
Happy Flourish Friday *and* Happy Birthday to me! :-)


  1. Beautiful and brilliant!!!

  2. How long did they all take you, Jane? Definitely a labour of love!

    I just looked at the convention site - I wondered how people qualified as master penmen and now I know! What's 'engrossing' though?? Rx.

  3. Happy Birthday Jane!! Beautiful labels... it's going to look great at your convention!

  4. These are fabulous!! I have some Mercart supplies that I need to use! How clever this is to put a magnet to keep all these nibs. I want to hear all about IMAPETH. I would love to go sometimes and hone my engrossing skills--non existent skills that is! Happy 4th

  5. Thanks everyone! Ruth asked about engrossing. Here is a link (I hope) from the IAMPETH site, which explains it better than I could:

  6. Way cool organizational tip!!!!! I love it! I'm always on the lookout for interesting little things to store my art supplies and this idea is definitely a keeper!

    And I love your embossing on the tins. Thanks for sharing! Have a great time at IAMPETH!

  7. Oh my gosh! I love the tins! They are beautiful and practical, form and function. I do not have any altoid tins, but I will start accumulating them now.

    Thanks for the idea.

    Jo Miller


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