I was prepping a 1.5 stub nib today set in the Rose Quartz GemPen when I decided to share my incredibly sloppy handwriting with the world! Fortunately stubs seem to make my handwriting look almost half decent.
The GW GemPen collection is currently available through KickStarter: GW GemPen Collection
Incidentally if I had a blog called The Front Room that’s where this would’ve been posted, since my writing desk is in the front showroom. So this time I’ll thank you for visiting the Front room lol!
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Yes! It’s time to give the full reveal on the GemPen lineup! Each pen features a gemstone set in fine silver for the rollstop with a sterling silver centerband.
I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking, but there will be more info to follow once the KickStarter goes live (which should be this coming week). Meanwhile, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! And as always thanks for visiting the back room 🙂
Yes! It really is the first look at the upcoming KickStarter for the GW GemPen! The handcrafted fountain pen features a sterling silver centerband and a gemstone set in fine silver for the rollstop. There will be 7 different pens in the collection, each with a different resin/gem pairing.
Pictured here is the Black Onyx GemPen. The pen body went through a small redesign from the first draft to allow the cap to be posted. To keep everything aesthetically pleasing I also made the cap diameter a little more narrow and the pen body even more so. There’s a small, rounded shoulder where the silver centerband transitions from the cap to the body, so you don’t need to worry about a rough edge scratching you or getting caught on anything.
Over the next few days I’ll begin working on the other 6 pens, keep a lookout for them here or through my Facebook page or Instagram (search gwpens for either). Thanks again for taking the time to visit the back room!
If you’re following along on Facebook or Instagram you may already know about the second gemstone reveal for the upcoming GemPen Kickstarter series. Rose Quartz!
Yes now Garnet AND Rose Quartz have been announced as gemstones that will be featured in the 7 pen series!! You may have also seen me mention the arrival of some solid sterling silver centerbands.
This closeup kind of leaves you wondering just how Big that centerband really is…wondering how it might look with the newly revealed gemstone…or even what the overall design will be! Well, I’m not ready to give ALL of those details just yet, but here’s a zoomed out peek:
I’m not gonna lie. I’ve done sketches. I’ve done a CAD mockup. I was pretty confident I would be happy with how this simple centerband would look, but I didn’t know just how absolutely perfect it would be. The GemPen series is meant to be simple with a splash of elegance, and I think the centerband helps achieve exactly that.
I’m looking forward to giving more information about the production of the prototypes in the coming days! In the meantime thank you for reading another entry from the GW Pens back room 🙂
It’s finally time! I can finally tell you more about the KickStarter project I hinted to in a previous post. And if you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook you probably saw some sneak peeks at materials that will be used, too. But you’re about to learn more about the new pen series than I’ve shared anywhere else…
It started out while designing a new fountain pen. I still can’t get into all of the specifics (well I could, but we need to keep a little mystery in our relationship here- for now), but I LOVED how the piece was going to look with the material I originally had in mind (more on that in future posts, I promise!). And I started to wonder what other materials could I use?
Ultimately I decided to create 6 different pens, each one featuring a different gemstone. I had been following the work of a talented local jeweler, aym collections, and had seen a piece of her work that triggered this initial idea. So after a meeting at my shop to explain what I had in mind she agreed to work with me (Yay!!!) on this project. She is sourcing and working the gemstones before giving them to me for the pens I’m making.
Like I said, there were 6 pens I planned to make. But the gems take 6 weeks (that is not a typo) to arrive at her studio. In the meantime I really wanted to be able to make a prototype pen and be able to test out this idea. Not that I think it won’t work, but more to see if there are any design changes that need to be made. But the only stone she had on-hand that matched the specs of the stones we would be using was Garnet.
She prepared the stone and I found some beautiful red material to pair it with. Honestly…as soon as I saw the material I chose alongside the Garnet I knew this had to be added to the GemPen collection! And so, now there will be seven pens 🙂
The Garnet pen is waiting on 1 more part to arrive before I begin construction. Meanwhile, the gemstones for the other 6 pens are being procured and I will reveal another gemstone being used each Sunday. As you’ve probably guessed, today’s reveal was Garnet. So without further ado here are pictures of the 7 material options along with a shot of the Garnet.
As always thanks for reading another entry from the GW Pens back room!