When you take extra care with your correspondence, the recipient can tell. From beautiful 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 writing products that recall a simpler, slower time. This bundle includes a bronze-plated calligraphy pen that doubles as a letter opener, along with three antique nibs, a 10-milliliter bottle of black ink, a customizable wooden stamp, four honey-scented wax sticks, and a glass wax-heating lamp. It's everything you need to bring a touch of sophistication to every letter that leaves your desk.
Note: At checkout, select the symbol for your wooden stamp and the color for two of the wax sticks. For an additional $4, you can add an ink cream in gold or silver.
For the calligraphy pen and the decorative cap on the wax heater, 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 the glass wax-heating lamp 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 metallic cream to the raised impression if desired. Alternatively, you can brush ink 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 July 20, 2018 PT.
After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.