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Having bought all those pretty inks in pretty bottles, it seems a shame to store them in a drawer. So today I came up with this. They're both brick moulds. The one on the left is from the Netherlands, the one on the right is from India.

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Nice! I love repurposing things as well - my first pen storage boxes were wooded cigar boxes.

 

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On 7/5/2022 at 10:54 AM, mhwombat said:

Having bought all those pretty inks in pretty bottles, it seems a shame to store them in a drawer. So today I came up with this. They're both brick moulds. The one on the left is from the Netherlands, the one on the right is from India.

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Quite nice. I too enjoy finding new/alternative uses for "old" stuff.

Thank you for the picture.

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Great job!  I love it.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice display! Would you care as to elaborate on how a Dutch/Indian brick mould ends up in Ireland?

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@Linger The Indian brick moulds seem to be widely available. I've even seen them on amazon.de and amazon.co.uk. I bought mine a couple of years ago from a furniture store in Dublin.

 

I found the Dutch one on Etsy while searching for "spice rack". My original plan was to use a spice rack to display my inks, if I could find one that could handle the different bottle shapes and sizes.

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Ah, ok, clever and sensible use of our global online marketplace.

 

Secretly, as I am way to chicken for such a journey myself, I was hoping for a tale of a barefoot walkabout, on a donkey perhaps, across Eurasia, collecting vintage antique household items, for the sole purpose of the inherent romantic beauty of it all…

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4 minutes ago, Linger said:

I was hoping for a tale of a barefoot walkabout, on a donkey perhaps, across Eurasia, collecting vintage antique household items, for the sole purpose of the inherent romantic beauty of it all…

 

LOL! That would make a great story.

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I was forced by the wife to get neat, so my ink bottles are stored in the some fancy boxes. At the bottom of the glass book case full of pewter topped beer mugs. QAfbGPr.jpg

 

I have a couple other neatly labled boxes full of ink in another part of my library.

 

Except for this 'rare' ink....have a pen by Uhu as well. I just knew Uhu as a glue maker. A '50-60's bottle.Emei2kJ.jpg

This shoe bottle has no name, but is '30-40-50's.

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These are W. Germany  Lamy Turquoise ink bottles the generation before ours......but were still unopened when a pal sent them to me.zpBaRie.jpg

 

I have a lot of inkwells so don't (normally) collect ink bottles that weren't bought new.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

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@Bo Bo OlsonI love the glass-fronted cabinet. Keeps everything looking neat and dust-free.

 

I'd love to see how other people store their ink bottles. More pictures, please!!!

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Thank you, @A Smug Dill, those links are giving me lots of new ideas.

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Since this is the most recent thread somewhat on the topic, the focus shifting between "storing" and "displaying", I thought it best to show my collection here - although there is no "parade" of any kind.

 

My inks are kept in the bottom drawer of my desk's drawer unit, and in two small tool boxes (check out https://www.toyosteel.jp/en they are so cool) on top of said unit - all below the desk, so not in sight.

 

The current tally is 62 bottles, with 6 on the way (my latest discovery is Teranishi: https://guitar-mg.co.jp/haikaraink), bringing the total to 2,615 liters of ink. And yes, that is a comma separating the decimals, and yes it is in metric liters...Jimmy Carter should have pushed through y'all...)

 

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True about never giving up some of (then's) this years bonus to be able to compete with a metric world.

 

Quite well enough ways to store inks....and to 'know' you actually have more than enough....like that ever stopped someone from looking deeply into the glass................of inks on Ink Reviews.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

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On 7/16/2022 at 5:50 PM, Bo Bo Olson said:

I was forced by the wife to get neat, so....

To paraphrase same, my wife forced me to get something that prevented my necessity to wipe off dust every now and again, so I opted for IKEA bookcases with glass doors. The bookcases themselves are of course fine but I hate the doors because they are in the way, they have to be opened and closed, and are difficult for using the ladder. But I assume that they do at least reduce any accumulation of dust. I'm not good at photographing anything, so here's shots (with my iPhone 5S, har, har) where the doors are open and closed....

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40 minutes ago, lapis said:

IKEA bookcases with glass doors.

 

Wow! That's neat.

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Very, very, cool! With all additional shelves to optimize and tailor to its purpose: storing a bathtub of ink. Impressive.

 

Bytheway: rather eclectic collection of “stuff” with a bicycle, vinyl records and what’s in the left foreground?

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In the left foreground = harpsichord

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