Old steel pen nibs are amazing. They can have splendid, aspirational names like Excelsior or Fleetwing or they can come embellished with rosettes and initials. One I found has a relief of Shakespeare’s head impressed upon it and another has a decorated cross. Up in Scotland, many people remember the old school pens and the ink monitors who were responsible for mixing enough powdered ink for the class each day.
The colours and shapes of the nibs dictated this tiara. It’s made from pen nibs, rivetted mother-of-pearl and copper heated to the point when it becomes silvery-gold. It’s a little bit Wonderwoman and a little bit Mermish, but there’s something about those nibs which also makes it a perfect cure for writer’s block.
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