Hints & Tips No.6 – Improvised Inkwell & Pen Stand

Believe it or not Hints & Tips No.6 is about recycling or to put it another way repurposing; but whichever way you look at it it all turns out the same.

It all started when the ever-wonderful Mrs Loops gave me the caps off a couple of empty bottles of fragrance suggesting they might be useful when photographing pens, such as propping the pens up for photographs.

So, I tried it and it works really well because the pen stays stable, you can change the angle light hits the pen which very useful when taking a close-up nib shot; and best of all no more praying that your hand doesn’t wobble just as you take the picture!

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Pen in stand.

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Nib shot taken  using the improvised pen stand.

Flushed with success I looked again at the bottle caps and noticed that each of them has quite a deep recess. Normally this is there to cover the spray nozzle but in the spirit of enquiry I looked again and realised it is not dissimilar to an inkwell, so I tested the theory, and it works.

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Inkwell and pen rest.

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Pen nib in inkwell.

I’m not saying it’s a replacement for a proper inkwell but for occasional use it’s eminently suitable with the added perk of doing something environmentally friendly.

Disclaimer: The caps were a gift. The opinions expressed in this review are my own; and I am not connected with either the retailers or manufacturers in any way.

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