A few more pens for the Etsy Store

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Project by cajunpen posted 12-17-2013 02:18 AM 1394 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve actually sold a Ring Master bowl and 3 of the 5.6 mm Pencils from my store. I plan on turning about 8-10 more pens and then wait to see what happens.

Three new pens – Birdseye Maple – Cigar pen, Brown Swirl type Acrylic – Gatsby pen. Sanded with the Micro Mesh system to 12,000 and then polished with Meguiars Plastex Polish (used for cleaning headlights). It really came out nice and an Acrylic – Cigar pen that I’ve had laying around for years. Thought it would be more Red, White & Blue. A little Red – but I was disappointed in it..

I’ve been disappointed in my photography skills, as you can tell by the above pens. I went on You Tube and searched for some tips on photographing small items. I found a site that used a Cowboy Studio Table Top Photo Studio Light Tent Kit in a Box - 1 Tent, 2 Light Set, 1 Stand, 1 Case from . I ordered one today and should have it by Wednesday or Thursday – I will post a review once I’ve played with it some.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 02:21 AM

They look good.

-- Jason - Happiness is Homemade!!

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 02:22 AM

Congrats on the sales.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-17-2013 02:25 AM

Great looking pens! Congratulations on your sales and best wines on developing your photography skills.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 12-17-2013 02:36 AM

Your work is awesome, hope you sell it all.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 02:39 AM

Like ‘em all but that maple one is a real beauty!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 03:35 AM

Way to go Bill. Maybe you need to crank up the Ringmaster again.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 03:42 AM

Bill, you make some great pens. The public just doesn’t understand the value of great craftsmanship and beauty. They would rather buy a Bic. ha ha. Well done Sir. btw That Maple pen has some nice figure.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 04:39 AM

Great pens Bill. Glad to hear you are selling some on Etsy.

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#9 posted 12-17-2013 04:47 PM

Great job buddy. I hope you sell alot. You do outstanding work.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 12-17-2013 06:01 PM

Just a few suggestions on the photography.
- Use a neutral background. I get some soft greyish pastel paper from Hobby Lobby for less than $2.
- The brown pen has the best lighting- equal from both sides to eliminate harsh shadows.
- A soft shadow is good so that the piece does not look like it is floating in mid-air.
- Use a tripod
- Use telephoto to eliminate parallax distortion.
It took me years to learn how to take good close-ups of small items.
Hope this helps- you are doing some spiffy pens.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#11 posted 12-17-2013 06:31 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. I sincerely appreciate them.

Thank you Donna for the suggestions. I will try your suggestions and hopefully my photos will improve as a result. Good photos are nice when posting on the Forums – but if you are trying to sell online, good photos are Critical.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 12-22-2013 01:45 AM

Some nice writing tools there, as always.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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