Cactus and Trustone

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Project by Hix posted 05-11-2010 05:30 AM 2300 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy with other things over the last few months and have not had alot of time to turn. I fixed that tonight. The two on the left are cactus skeletons in resin. The red one is cast in a red resin, the black one is in a clear resin. The tubes are painted to hide them and in the inside of the blank is also painted. The clear/black one gives a great 3-D effect that has endless possibilities. I am looking forward to doing some experimentation on more of those. The finish is really easy: turn, sand to 400, seal w/ CA, resand w/ 400, buff w/ EEE and WD then plastic polish.

The one on the far right is Trustone. It is very hard. I made it about a month ago and it has become my daily pen. It was turned, sanded and buffed.

The photos are not the greatest, I did not want to drag out the lights. As always, thank you for your input.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 06:54 AM

the cactus skeleton is really neat. Where do you buy those blanks? or do you cast them yourself.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 07:06 AM

These look nice Mark. I like the gold and black one best. Do you make your own blanks or buy them? How does the cactus pens turn?

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 12:16 PM

Very cool looking ink pens. Great idea.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 02:45 PM

Those are some great looking pens. Nice materials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 02:47 PM

These pens are very nice!! I am curious like Ray do you cast you own blanks? If not where do you get them? Are these Gel or fountain pens? Where do you get your kits? It is the Trustone heavy? ....... I got a million of’em don’t I. Great Job!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 12:48 AM

Wow! quite a response!
The kits are Jr. Gents from CSUSA on the cactus and Jr. Statesman on the Trustone. I like the feel of the Statesman better and the way the cap screws on—it just feels right. These are all rollerballs, I have fountain pen parts but I made these for specific people and they don’t use a fountain pen.

The cactus blanks came from TurnTex Woodworks ( I found him on the IAP forum. He casts them along with a few other kinds of blanks. The blanks are probably the best quaility I have paid for. Ususally on resin blanks, you find a bubble or two that has to be filled. I did not have to fill any. They turned really well and are (relatively) easy to finish. It helps if you are comfortable with a skew. I will get more, LOTS more! My plan is to try different colors under the blanks and on the tubes to see what effects I can get.

The Trustone was hard, like turning ironwood on steroids. It is on the heavy side but I really like the way if feels. I also had a red and black blank but had a major chip when I went to assemble it. It was harder than the blue. Sadness. I started turning bowls but the pens have become a way to finance my obsession.

Thanks for the comments and questions.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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