Custom Beaded fountain pen


If fountain pen lovers would like to co-design the colours for a beaded fountain pen, including collaborating on creating the pen blank, we would love to talk. We have collaborated with several people to create special pens and it has been a wonderful experience. Shown here are a few photographs of the custom pens we have made to date.

We can start by making a pen blank in the colours of your choice. Then there is a variety of options regarding the beading. Here are some prompts to get your creative ideas flowing:


Pen blank material:

An in-house pour in the colours of your choice. (Di will do her best to make a blank that matches your ideal and will send photos of the blank before we start work on the pen.)

Position of beads:

On both the cap and the barrel, or on either one.

Types of beads:

Di uses tiny Miyuki Delica beads and Miyuki rocailles. These are from Japan and are the most consistent in size and gloriously coloured.

Colours of beads:

There is a wide (though not infinite!) range available! In general, the options are:

  • Bold or subtle colours. Shiny or matt.
  • Interspersed with our without metallic beads (gold-plated; rose-gold colour; silverish-coloured; or bronze).
  • If you would like to include some metallic beads, they could be interspersed at random or in a spiral pattern.
  • Silver-lined (which provides an opaque, shiny finish), or colour-lined (which has a colour down the middle of the bead and a translucent outer layer, which means that you can see through part of the bead to the colour of the pen blank beneath it.)
  • One or two colours for a sophisticated effect; alternatively a range of different colours for a bold effect.
  • Bold or subtle transitions between the colours (NB: a gentle transition is not always possible).
  • Another thought: these options are for a spiral pattern of beads however Di can also weave a fairly simple pattern or design into the beads. (Nothing too complex as the limited space available would make a complex design look very pixellated. This has nothing to do, of course, with Di being a relative beginner at bead weaving!) A bead-woven pen takes more time and is therefore more expensive, but the result is astounding.

If you would like to order a custom beaded fountain pen, please contact us via our Contact page on this website or via our Instagram address: @stanfordpenstudio.

African Miyuki Magic model


This model is a beaded pen that we make in a number of different variations in terms of the areas that can be beaded: either the cap or the barrel, or both cap and barrel. It is a wide pen with sides that appear parallel, however this is a slight taper between the beaded areas and the finials. The finials are very slightly conical and the cap is a flush fit with the barrel.


mm inches
Total length (closed) 144 5,7
Length (pen only no cap) 133 5,2
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 16 0,6
Width of section at narrowest point 10,8 0,42
Section length 25 1
Cap thread 14 0,55

The section can be made to fit either a Bock #6 or a Jowo #6 nib.

Refill type:

Standard international fountain pen converter (supplied) or ink cartridge.


International shipping to your door via DHL Express is R350 and should take less than 10 days once despatched. Pens are securely packed.

Shipping within South Africa to your door is R60.

More information on this model is available here.