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Project by Hix posted 10-15-2010 03:58 AM 1552 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on other things and needed some pen time….
I drilled and turned these two along with a red trustone and a white acrylic. The acrylic cracked on the lower barrel when I pressed in the last peice. No way to fix it and it was the last of those blanks. The red Trustone chipped on the cap. This is the second one that chipped the same way so it must be opperator error. I now have 2 lower barrels and no caps…easy to fix, just need to get another blank and make two caps. I think in both cases I was just a little crooked when I started to press them together.

These are both Gents, pretty basic but I like to turn them. Trustone and an acrylic I picked up locally. The tube in the acrylic is painted primer grey.

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

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 04:49 AM


I am just starting to turn acyrlics, I have been turning wood until now. I have a newbie questions, why did you paint the tube? And when did you rough up the tube before paining or after?



-- Mike, Illinois,

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 05:08 AM

Good questions Mike.
On some acrylics, the tube will show thru if it is not painted. Sometimes, on a special blank, I will paint the tube and the inside of the blank. Depending on what you are using, the tube can change the color of the pen blank. If you look at the pens here:
(sorry, I can’t figure out how to insert a photos into my answer)

The black one is actually clear. I painted the inside of the blank and the tube glossy black. It gave it a nice 3D effect.

The tubes were roughed up prior to painting. If you rough them up afterwards, you scrape off some of the paint.

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

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 03:25 AM

Beautiful work! I like your pens…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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