Introduction: Calligraphic Pen

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Make your own calligraphic pen with just a few things!

It is made with an aluminium can and it can be a little dangerous, because this material can cut your skin, so please be careful and protect yourself!


  • aluminium can
  • cutter, scissors
  • needle, screw... something pointed
  • adhesive tape
  • a stick, preferably wooden, but it can be a pencil, pen...
  • sandpaper

To protect your table, I highly recomend you to use a cutboard.

Step 1: Step 1: Prepare the Can

First of all, clean your can.

With the scissors cut the top and the bottom of the can. You can save the bottom to put the ink!

Cut a rectangular piece of aluminium, as shown in the photo. In this case, I made it 1cm wide, it depends on how you want it to write.

Step 2: Step 2: Doing the Pen Nib

Now, you have to make two marks on the aluminium. Again, you can choose the length, I made it 1cm long.

Fold inward the first mark, but don't press too much: the aluminium could break!

Step 3: Step 3: Make It Write

Now take your niddle/screw/whatever and make little holes on the second line. These holes will let the ink get to the paper. If the holes are very close to each other the line drawn will be solid; instead, if the holes are separated, your lines will be separated too.

Choose your design and try different ways!

Step 4: Step 4: Sandpaper

The little holes could damage the paper when writting, so we san the pen nib JUST enough to remove the notches. If you sand it too much, again, the aluminium could brake.

You can also sand the edges of the rectangle to make it safer. Remember, aluminium could cut your skin.

Step 5: Step 5: Place the Nib

Take your stick and make a cleft with a cutter. This is easy to do with a soft wood, such as pine or cedar wodd. In my case I used an old chopstick I painted for another project.

Put the nib inside the cleft and make sure it is long enough. You can cut the aluminium if necessary.

If you are using a pencil or a pen that can't be cut this way don't worry. Just place the nib on the stick.

Fold the aluminium over the stick as shown. Make it carefully, it could break.

Step 6: Step 6: Pen

Use some adhesive tape to cover your pen. This way it will be more comfortable and safe for you.

Step 7: Final Step

It is done! Congratulations, now you can start your own medieval codex! Or you can start with something simpler like your name 😉

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