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Project by Andybb posted 04-22-2020 07:46 AM 691 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make 25 personalized pens for people at my son’s company so I thought I’d try applying decals to some as I’d never tried that (youtube is your friend) and use my little Chinese laser jig on others. As with anything it’s a learned process for the decals. It took me 2 days to do the first 2 (plus the 6 or 7 that were train wrecks but I call those prototypes) then I was good for 6 a day. Worked out good financially too as most of the pens I already had and just disassembled them and made the changes.

-- Andy - Seattle USA





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-22-2020 01:06 PM

Nice looking pens, Andy!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-22-2020 01:07 PM

Very cool Andy! Care to share your decal process? Those look great.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 04-22-2020 02:23 PM

I’m fascinated in the fine detail you can produce on what is basically a dowel rod! It seems that with moving into decals you’ll have unlimited options, cool work!

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#4 posted 04-22-2020 02:28 PM

look great i dont think ive seen decals used on pens before.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 04-22-2020 04:14 PM

Those look really great, Andy. I imagine your son was quite pleased?

-- Matt - Colorado

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#6 posted 04-22-2020 07:25 PM


Very cool Andy! Care to share your decal process? Those look great.

- HokieKen


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMMjT-w2RkY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoJofCnGNBI
I used the Rustoleum paint he mentioned vs the Testors bonder.

They don’t look so hot on dark colored blanks as you can see the decal material.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 04-22-2020 07:51 PM

Thanks Andy :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 04-22-2020 10:17 PM

They look greatA’bb... it’s a shame you couldn’t find a bigger camera… Would have loved some larger pictures close up.

Was gonna quiz you about the method as I’ve just bought some decals after reading about decals on wood, but looks like Hokie stole my thunder (hope he got wet)... and you responded so I can’t have a go at you either.

Would be interested in your engraving method/examples… I do some pen engraving and always keen to get others’ ideas… it’s not like we’re inundated with pen engravers here at LJ.

Unfortuynately, here in downtown backwoods Churchill, there’s not a great demand for monogrammed pens… even with interested parties when asked to spell their names they write a proud bold X!

PS. Thank you for the video links… I dont have to read!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Andybb

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#9 posted 04-22-2020 10:56 PM

Would have loved some larger pictures close up.

- LittleBlackDuck


Burned too deep I think

Little flaw on the first r in his name.

Probably shouldn’t have used bold font on the name.

Looks ok. Decal on light wood.

Why they don’t look good on dark wood. You can see the decal borders. I’ll probably use a skew then sandpaper to remove it and stick it in the laser or put a light blank on it if my surgical skewing destroys it.

A few more details where I posted on IAP.

My homemade budget engraver sped up from 45 minutes to 17 seconds.

$49 laser and a $9 camera glued into the top so I can watch it without blinding myself.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 04-23-2020 12:45 AM

Thanks for those A’bb...

Be interesting to try the decals… as always, bought on impulse and have to make a booking in my calendar to find a slot to try it… this bloody retirement takes up too much time, even during the current lockdown.

Maybe an FYI? With engravings, I usually go about 1 to 1.5mm deep and then wood fill and finisd as normal timber blank (sanding, CA finish, cutting compound).
Poor photo demonstrating different options on simple oak blank (emphasis on silver glitter and/or black filler and old English font)...

Few other wood filler examples,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Andybb

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#11 posted 04-23-2020 01:02 AM

Woah those are nice. Very crisp. I need more explanation! So you lay on loads of ca then laser then fill with wood filler? Help me out here. I wanna grow up to be like you.

Seriously, those are some of the best I’ve seen. That’s what I’m shooting for. I need details.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 04-23-2020 12:37 PM

Those do look awesome LBD! I’ve been doing some studying up on kolrosing and I think what you have there is a modern take on the technique. I’m gonna have to play with that a bit methinks :-) I’m with Andy, you do such great blog posts, how about one on this technique? If it will help you can make me a monogrammed pen as the subject. My initials are X.

Andy, somewhere I read that you rigged up the rotary mechanism for your small laser but I can’t remember where I read it. Could you link to it again here or point me to where you linked to it before?

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#13 posted 04-23-2020 07:12 PM

Andy, somewhere I read that you rigged up the rotary mechanism for your small laser but I can t remember where I read it. Could you link to it again here or point me to where you linked to it before?

- HokieKen

Stand by. I need to find the vids I used to base it on. One had actual templates for the parts. If I can’t find it I’ll shoot a quick vid of mine and post it. This is a video of the concept.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#14 posted 04-23-2020 07:22 PM

That’s perfect Andy, tells me everything I need to know :-) I have a different laser so the templates won’t help me anyways. I can work that part out. Thanks!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 04-24-2020 07:44 AM


... I wanna grow up to be like you.
- Andybb

Drink a lot of vino and eat many vegemite sandwiches and you grow up like me… not tall, but big…

No idea what is going on here A’bb, you got me blocked…?

I wrote a fairly lengthy reply and when I came back it was gone…

I then mentioned that and said I’ll try and write up a project about laser engraving today and that comment went missing.
We’ll see what happens wirth this one.

Here is a link to the write up.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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