14 Pans + Magnet to Make Your Own Palette

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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Made in Pittstown, New Jersey

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Perhaps you have your own business card holder that you would really like to use... so try one of these! You will receive 14 pans and 1 magnet. Clean out your business card holder so that the magnet will adhere, attach the magnet, and your custom little palette ready to be filled and used!

I would suggest using business card holders that are cut short at the bottom, as with the shells I use, but any business card holder can be used as long as you do not mind not being able to access as much of the paint. It may be all right if you put less used colours in the corners or use a small brush.

NOTE: Yes, you can exchange small pans for larger pans. 4 small pans can be exchanged for 1 rectangular large pan and 2 small pans can be exchanged for 1 square medium pan.

This listing is for 14 small pans measuring 27 mm x 13 mm x 3.5 mm and one magnet. For perspective, the shell I use is 3 5/8" x 2 1/4" x 1/4".

The inner pans are tin-plated steel. These small pans -will- rust if left immersed in water, so they must be kept dry and clean after use. The small pans cling to a magnet, so the colours can be reorganized or even replaced with a different pan quite easily.

Average review
It is what is depicted. Will buy again.
Apr 14, 2018 by Joan Rotert
Great item exactly as described, well packed, fast shipping. Thanks!
Apr 2, 2018 by Fabricatrix
Why not buy extra pans for your fantastic new palette!?
Nov 18, 2017 by aledwa

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States
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Domestic shipping is typically done via USPS First Class Mail. It may be boxed or in a poly mailer depending on how heavy or delicate the item is. A single palette is typically mailed in a poly mailer.

An international package is typically in a box put into a poly mailer but may be in a poly mailer alone. You are responsible for any customs fees.

I will refund any shipping difference over a dollar when shipping multiple items in the same package.


Tirra Lyra charges sales tax for items shipped to New Jersey.

Etsy charges sales tax for items shipped to Washington and Pennsylvania at this time. (2018-03-27)

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
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If an item arrives damaged, please notify me with a photograph of the damage so that I can deal with it accordingly.

I do expect any questions and concerns to be asked or mentioned before purchase. However, if you feel that an item is not as represented, please contact me so that we can try to solve the problem.

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Approximate Sizes of the Pans:

Small Rectangular Pans: 27 mm x 13 mm x 3.5 mm
Medium Square Pans: 26 mm x 26 mm x 3.5 mm
Large Rectangular Pans: 54 mm x 26 mm x 3.5 mm
Extra Large Square Pans: 54 mm x 54 mm x 5 mm

Regarding "as-is" listings: "As-is" items are sold as they are. Pre-filled palettes sold as-is may have the paint shrink further as it continues to dry. This means the paint may end up looking like less than it was, though the pigment is still the same amount. I sometimes add more paint on top when this happens; this means that the particular pan will not be precisely as-is, but you do get more pigment!

Notes on the Brass Palettes with Tin-Plated Pans:
---General remark: Do NOT let your palette or the pans stay damp for very long periods. For now, I am going to assume that overly humid climates are not good for these tin-plated pans.
---When filling pans: If your tube paint has separated slightly, it is best to get the liquid part that has no colour out before filling the pans. In my experience, at least with Holbein paints, this clear liquid (the gum arabic) can stay damp for a few months sometimes... and then the pan begins to rust or oxidize.
---When filling pans: I have found that putting the pans to dry with a moisture absorbing bag, like the sort added to food and handbags, seems to help reduce the probability of rust.
---Regarding alternate pans: I have not yet found a very good alternative that is pretty, magnetic, and does not stain, so that is still in progress. Right now, the only alternative to 'tin-plated pan' is 'enameled pan', which has the benefit of a white surface. The 'enameled pan' is a 'tin-plated pan' with an enameled interior. I offer enameled pans at an additional $0.15 per pan. Unfortunately, in my tests, they do stain. On the other hand, my plastic palettes stain, too.
---Any slow-drying paint must go in enameled pans for custom fills. As far as I can tell, some Daniel Smith and Sennelier and ALL M. Graham paint dry VERY slowly. The longer period of exposure to higher water content leads to a higher likelihood of oxidation on the pans's edges/rims that I can wipe off but which looks unattractive and I risk wiping it into the still drying paint.

Regarding paint information:

Different brands formulate the same name colour differently. In my listings:

SN = Sennelier
HB = Holbein
DS = Daniel Smith
MG = M. Graham

Paint numbers allow you to identify the particular paint formulation in the brand.

Paint names serve the same purpose as paint numbers, but they are easier to remember.

Paint series is about the cost of the ingredients in the paint. Higher series have more expensive ingredients, so the paint is more expensive. As far as painting, the series number or letter is irrelevant. However, I include them to help customers understand why I might price the same number of filled pans differently.

Lightfastness is essentially whether you can see the colours today as they will look 100 years from today. Different brands have different lightfastness rating systems. It is ethically responsible to use paints with high lightfastness for your watercolours if you sell them. Imagine the disappointment when someone's new foyer watercolour fades in four months! Use paints with low lightfastness for things you plan to convert to digital formats or for fun.

Pigments tell us what pigments are in the paint. Single pigment paints are easier to mix because there is less to consider. They tend to mix more as you would think they should when you glance only at the paint colours. Multi-pigment paints are still excellent, but you may need to think beyond just the colour you see in the pan to be able to get your desired result when mixing.