Uranium and rare earth No2 UV reactive handformed glass calligraphy & drawing dip pen for changeable nibs

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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Made in Witham, United Kingdom

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This is a very unusal handmade pen - it's nuclear!

Inside clear borosilicate glass (Pyrex is the commonly known trade name for this type of glass) I've made a helix of very pale green-yellow glass made with 1% content uranium! This has been tested as just above background radiation levels (more details of the official test here: so the radiation level is quite small. It is however highly reactive to Ultraviolet light so when lit in the dark with UV light it really glows revealing the wisps of uranium glass within it in a vivid green. Just so you are in no doubt I've even embossed a radiation symbol into the pen! Along side this I've also spiraled a band of a pale green glass which has been made with the rare earth metal praseodymium, plus some tiny bubbles to help add definition to the spiral.

The pen, not including the nib, at around 154mm long (about 6 1/8 inches) and according to my jewellery scales weighs 35g (1.24 ounces.) It is supplied with the nib as shown in the picture, as well as a certificate, hand signed by me, stating that this is a handmade glass item made by me, and a gift box. There may be some slight surface imperfections, and internal bubbles, as this is entirely hand formed glass.

The mechanism can be removed for cleaning, and comes with a nib which can easily be swapped out to suit your own nibs. Most art and craft stores stock these nibs for everything from fine drawing to bold writing. Just dip the nib into calligraphy ink (fountain ink it too thin and not ideal) and start your masterpiece! The tube it fits into is rounded on top so not to leave a sharp edge too.

I also now keep some new Leonardt nibs in stock. If you wish I can also add a 4 pack of nibs (a roundhand, bent tip ballpoint, crown copperplate, and drawing nib ) A 5 pack includes all these plus a more expensive decorative 'Shakespeare' nib that has a picture of the Bard pressed into it, and this nib can also be supplied as a single nib if you'd prefer. Also there is an option for a Leonardt nib tin, which has a reprint of a Victorian design on the front, ideal for storing nibs in, or even a full selection of 10 different new nibs in a tin (2mm Tape nib, 1.1mm italics, point copperplate, copying and blue shorthand). The pen also comes fitted with the nib shown in the photo's whichever option you choose. I've shown how each different nib writes, but I am sure your calligraphy will be better than my awful handwriting!

I’ve made this pen by melting and manipulating borosilicate glass (‘Pyrex’ is the well known brand name of this type of glass) directly in the flame to have maximum control over the glass. Every one that I make is unique in both the colours I use and the shape.

The glass has been fully annealed in microprocessor controlled kiln to improve toughness, but it is still glass and should not be thrown around! Every pen I make is always slightly different, so is always a true one of a kind piece of artisan flamework made entirely by hand by lampwork in my studio in the heart of the English countryside.

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from United Kingdom
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I will happly ship anywhere in the world. Goods are shipped to address on paypal, but if this is a gift I can ship direct if you wish.

Due to recent Royal Mail changes to services, international orders cannot be tracked, however I can also send via more secure signed for and tracked service, however this is alot more expensive and is an optional extra, tracked international. Although this service is more secure it cannot be used to send to PO boxes, and in some countries doesn't always provide extra tracking info once it has left the UK.
Most international items turn arrive with 21 working days (so not including weekends) but occasionally can take a little longer if delayed by border security/customs checks.

UK orders are shipped 1st class post and should normally arrive between 1-5 days, however at busy times of the year, such as Xmas, there can be delays.


Payment at time of purchase please, I prefer paypal

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or 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)
Conditions of return
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.
Additional return information
I only want 100% happy customers! If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase PLEASE LET ME KNOW STRAIGHTAWAY!(Within 3 days please) I can then arrange with you return and refund of the item, although I cannot refund return postage. If items are dammaged on reciept please let me know as soon as you can.

Additional policies

All my items are one offs, and there is always some variation between items, especially in sets of beads - they are handmade after all! Please bear that in mind when ordering.

If you see something I have previously made that you would like made again or in a different style/colour etc please contact me. I may not be able to do it, but I can try!

*******IMPORTANT NOTE! I make and ship all goods from the UK, purchases of items made from the shop are subject to UK legislation. All goods sold are to individuals only and not for re-sale ---- if you require items for resale please convo me first *********