Pens from scraps laying around the house....

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Project by Brady posted 03-16-2016 02:45 AM 1107 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pens I made last week. I’ve been playing with acrylics and learning some new techniques.

The first two pictures are pens made from egg shells. At one of our markets, I asked Julio (the guy who makes omelets) to save his shells for me. I took the shells, dryed them out well and baked them in the oven to get rid of any of the egg that I didn’t want. I cast the eggs in acrylic around a pre-painted barrel. After turning and finishing this is what came out.

The third picture is from a bunch of scrap lumber (cherry, yellow heart, walnut, maple, pecan, hickory, purpleheart) that I glued together and made blanks from.

The fourth picture is a Victorian Fountain Pen that is a custom order for proud parents whose son has been accepted to Julliard. It is vintage sheet music cast around the barrel with a blue acrylic top that I cast.

The last one is my piece de resistance! I’ve had a steampunk pen kit sitting around for the better part of a year. I’ve looked at it many times and was waiting for the right inspiration to do something with it. I started by painting the barrel with iron paint then covering it with a rust patina. This gives it an old iron pipe look. Each of the watch parts was placed by hand with tweezers and superglue.

I then took this assembly and fit it into an old scrap piece of walnut with the most perfectly ugly knot (again, been looking at it for a year waiting for the right project). This entire assembly was then cast in acrylic, trimmed and turned on the lathe. This is what came out.

The inspiration came from either here at Lumberjocks or another site that I watch regularly. I wish I could find the original post. I get a lot of inspiration from all you experts on here and appreciate it very much. It keeps me striving for continued learning.


-- Brady, Texas,

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 03:04 PM

pretty cool looking pens!!!!

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 09:33 PM

Excellent Post…. Definitely some of the best and most creative pens I have seen. I have stayed away from pen turning because I know so many that do it. But you may have just pushed me over the edge to try it…. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 02:51 AM

Thanks for the compliments. It is the people on here who push me to ask “How the heck did they do that?” and try it for myself.

Give it a shot. What could go wrong? There’s been PLENTY of times that I’ve broken something and cut all the material away from the brass barrel just to start over again.


-- Brady, Texas,

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