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Eye Dropper Challenge 3/5 Lamy Vista


Challenge number three is the one I was dreading the most…not because I don’t like the pen. Quite contrary. I love Lamys and I simply didn’t want to destroy a perfectly good pen. Bureau sells Vista Rollerball barrel replacements on daily basis (hint, hint)…Jo got me and Faisal one each, so we could do this. Thanks Jo! 🙂

Lamy Vista isn’t the easiest pen to convert, but it is possible. Vista fountain pens have two ink windows (ink would leak out). Vista roller-ball pen looks similar. It doesn’t have an ink window, but it does have breather holes at the top. Here is where Epoxy comes in. I have used 2-part clear epoxy resin glue. There are many threads on FPN and YouTube videos. People have used all sorts of super glues, plastic glues, but I wanted something clear and ‘invisible’. Long story short: I have swapped the barrels and sealed the holes. Now let’s have a look how I’ve done it.

Materials needed:

Lamy Vista rollerball barrell (available here)
Silicon Grease (clear 100% that you can find in hardware stores)
O-ring (7mm in, 9mm out, 1mm thick)
Epoxy Resin Glue (Devcon 5-minute Epoxy)
Square tea mug and scotch tape
Food zip-lock bag (just in case)

Instructions – just a friendly warning, this will take a day or two 😉

  • prepare Epoxy. Squeeze some epoxy in the mixing bowl (you will need a pea size drop) and quickly stir with the stick into small puddle (both included in the package I bought)
  • grab Vista Rollerball barrel and dunk it in the epoxy. Just the end bit of course 😉 I think that this is the most important step of them all. Using a Q-tip or brush would not give same result!
  • turn the barrel upside down and slowly rotate in hand (this will help the glue to get everywhere)
  • inspect the end bit to make sure that it is completely covered with epoxy (you will notice that the glue will start to set very quickly. Don’t panic, this is a good thing!)
  • let it set for good 5 minutes and inspect again. Mine was set by now and I was very happy with the way it turned out. Glue was almost invisible and it was nice and round. No sharp corners, no residue. Epoxy went inside the holes and not on the outside. Yeey!epoxy on Vista
  • leave the barrel for 24-hours to make sure epoxy has dried completely
  • use the syringe and plain water to test if the end of the barrel is completely sealed
  • if it is, the you can get rid of the water and let the barrel dry
  • once dried, secure the barrel to something so it will stay up ( I have used square tea mug and some scotch tape)
  • fill syringe with ink, for testing purposes I have only used 3ml of ink (2x more than Lamy cartridge capacity)
  • empty the ink into barrell
  • get Vista section and push O ring to the end of threads
  • apply silicone grease to the section threads using Q-tip
  • screw section onto barrel which has been filled with ink. Wipe excess silicone (if any)
  • you are good to go!!!!
  • pen will prime itself and should write almost immediately
  • last step – even tho I had no leaks I put the pen into a zip-lock bag when I wasn’t using it

And here is what my eye-dropper Vista looks like:

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Gorgeous!!!!! I have inked my pen with Private Reserve Blue Suede (teal inks are super cool).

Faisal has pointed out, that Neonlime ink would look great inside, so I am on a hunt to get a bottle 😉 Fluorescent highlighter ink looks great under UV light. So it happens, we have UV torch in the office 😉

Mishka (^_~)
Lamy Vista converted into an Eye Dropper

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J Herbin Leuchtturm Lamy 2000

Hi folks,

My name is Mishka and I am a pen addict.

I can talk about pens all day and I love writing with them too.

Bureau have let me in to play with their stationery. It has been an awesome week so far and I’d like to celebrate that with my first blog post. The plan is to blog about stationery and show you some of our cool stuff, so if you ever come across something that boggles your mind, just give me a shout and I will gladly check it out. I’ve found few interesting goodies already, but I thought I’d kick off in style and introduce…


 Pen Ink Paper

What are three most important things every pen addict needs ?

Pen, Ink, Paper.

My pen of choice is Lamy 2000.

For two reasons: iconic design and 14k nib. It looks good and it writes even better. Pen is not too heavy, feels great in hand and has a perfect balance. Lamy 2000 has been married to Lamy Turquoise ink since the day 1, but I have re-inked it for this special occasion. Let’s pair my #1 pen with my #1 ink.

My current favourite ink is J Herbin Vert Olive.

I can argue with you all day about practicality of this ink, so let me just tell you this: it shades like crazy!!! It is by far the best ink J Herbin makes and it’s so much fun!

My paper of choice is Leuchtturm1917 dotted A5 notebook with teal cover.

It is less shiny than Rhodia/Clairefontain. It also makes the line a little wider which helps shading. That is in my opinion the most desirable ink property. I have opted for dotted version which is great for practicing handwriting. Notebook opens flat and comes with off-white fountain pen friendly paper – there is no feathering, no bleedthrough (well, that is subject to how much ink you lay down). Leuchtturm1917 has page numbers, table of contents, bookmark, elastic band, labels. They come in plenty of colours and sizes and you can customize it with a pen loop (there are so many colours to chose from…)

So what do you think fellow stationery lovers?

Do you have your Pen-Ink-Paper Trinity?

Email me your comments, feedback, questions on

I’m off to try Platinum #3776 Century Music nib – perks of the job.

Mishka (^_~)