DIY: Make a Calligraphy Oblique Holder!


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Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

 DIY: Make a Calligraphy Oblique Holder! 

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

I am writing up this post because I feel like this is the post I've was searching for.
I have been searching and scouring sources to find a comprehensive guide to making my own oblique holder...and pretty much came up empty handed.  

There are a few points here and there...so I made some holders and am going to teach you what I learned.

Oblique holders are so elegant and beautiful to write with and look at.
There is something so fun about the angled flange and the wonder
of onlookers about how to write with it!

Oblique holders range in price from super dirt cheap for a plastic holder


If you do calligraphy for long, you will find yourself wanting a really pretty and unique holder.
So let's make some.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.


With all the supplies involved it's easy to see why they are worth so
 much--because of the big investment just to get started!

Supplies Needed for Calligraphy Pen Holder DIY:

Scissors, sharpie, ruler, 






Wood
Some I just whittled from sticks we found...
 
Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.





These Nikko G nibs are a great nib for beginners.




This will help to coat it against water or ink stains.




Let's get started.

First you will need to measure and cut your brass.
I measure the entire sheet of brass, 1/2 inch by 2 inches.
Then I just used cheap dollar store scissors that I'm not attached to and cut the brass strips.
I started by using tin snips, but they leave a jagged edge and are hard to control,
normal scissors are perfect for cutting this thin brass.

How to cut and make a brass flange for an oblique calligraphy pen holder.

Next I used my fingers to gently fold the brass strip in half.

How to make a brass flange for calligraphy pens

Next we will use the bail pliers and gently pinch the end where it is folded.
This makes it very flat.

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Then curl the brass around the smaller size, the 3mm rod.

How to make an oblique holder calligraphy pen out of scrap branches

Then take it and fit the 5mm rod into the curve.
I made 72 of these and this was the best way to ensure the proper size.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

Now it looks similar to this.
There is a slight gap between the top and bottom layer of brass,
this is perfect for the nib to slip inside and hold tight.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.



Fit the nib in gently and then hold with the pliers and bend the remaining
 brass out to the side of the nib.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

In this shape.
Trim the edge of the brass at this point so they line up nicely.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

And then make 72 of them!
I made them all in one night, while watching Poldark.
I just have them in a jar for whenever I feel like making a new oblique.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

Next, fitting them into the wood pen.
I used fine grit sandpaper to really sand the wood sticks.
They are all smooth and silky.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

You will need the hobby saw at this point.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

Gently use the saw to cut a groove in the side of the wood at an angle.
If you are right handed, the groove goes in on the left side...and vice versa.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

Then the flange is just pushed inside the groove.
The groove may need to be made a little bigger, deeper or adjusted as you go.
Each piece of wood is different, so this part requires some artistic ability and flexibility.

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

Now you just repeat the process for as many pen holders as you want!
When inserting the nib, the tip should line up with the center line of the holder.
So this funky wide piece of wood is just a statement piece. 

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

Now, you will want to glue in the flanges with the CA glue
and coat your wood holders with lacquer.
Or you can stain, paint and decorate them to your hearts content!!! 

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

I love the natural wood and the knots and grain!

Of course, I'll do a bunch more and paint them and jazz them up too!
Since I've started doing Calligraphy more,
I'm super obsessed with new oblique holders and all the gorgeousness!

Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.

I hope you appreciate this post and it inspires you to make an oblique holder!!!

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Learn how to make an oblique calligraphy pen holder. This is the ultimate writing utensil for calligraphers. It's an interesting pen that holds the nib at the right angle with ease in the hand. Make a custom one for a left handed calligrapher, a handmade gift or just to add to your collection of gorgeous pens.











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  1. These are really gorgeous Natalie!!! I definitely want to try making my own! Do you have a link to the nibs and pliers and stuff you used?

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  2. Hi Natalie,

    This is an awesome post about a great idea! Loved it. If you happen to make any other kinds of calligraphy pens, I'd look forward to a post from you. Keep up the great work!

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  3. do you know the dimensions for a carrot oblique nib holder?

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