When you take extra care with your correspondence, the recipient can tell. From artful penmanship to hand-stamped seals, it’s the details that make a letter feel really special. Founded in 1980 in Venice, Italy, Bortoletti Fonderia Artistica makes timeless products for those who take pleasure in keeping a well-stocked desk. This bundle includes a Murano glass dip pen, a bronze pen stand, a 30-milliliter bottle of black ink, five antique nibs, a letter opener, a magnifying glass, a wax seal stamp, a sealing wax stick, and a sealing cream. It's everything you need to bring a touch of sophistication to every letter that leaves your desk.
Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice of glass color, wax stick color, seal design, and sealing cream color. See all options below.
For the dip pen, pen stand, letter opener, and magnifying glass, Bortoletti Fonderia Artistica uses a process called lost-wax casting. This method of metal casting involves creating a mold using a wax model and then pouring molten metal into that mold. Once the mold is made, the wax model is melted and drained way. Relatively uncommon these days outside of the best jewelry workshops, lost-wax casting results in intricate pieces with a very high level of precision.
Use a wax heater to melt the wax over the spot that needs the seal. Hold the flame to the edge of the wax stick until it starts to drip onto the paper. Let a puddle about the size of a nickel form, then use the melted end of the wax stick to swirl around the pool and create the shape you want. Swipe the seal with oil from your finger before pressing it into the melted wax (this prevents sticking). Leave it for 5 to 10 seconds to let the wax cool off and harden a little, then gently rock the stamp out to leave a clean impression. Add sealing cream to the raised impression if desired. Alternatively, you can brush the cream onto the seal beforehand to highlight the negative image. Please note that this wax is the traditional brittle kind and may not be suitable for postal use unless a protective outer envelope is used.
All orders will be shipped by the vendor.
Estimated ship date is Nov 19, 2018 PT.
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