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#1 posted 10-30-2016 11:31 PM

I used some cherry that I had in the scrap bin for my experiment. Since I was not sure how it would turn out, I tried it with a slimline pen kit. Unfortunately, it looks like the epoxy seeped through the grain and left ugly splotches in the end grain. I suspect that it might not have seeped far enough to be visible if I had used a larger diameter pen blank. Other than that, it catches the light in a very interesting way as you rotate the blank.

The first image doesn’t really capture the shine, but you can see that it’s lighter in color. The second pic shows the blotchiness, and you can also see that it’s much darker. This piece of cherry was pretty ordinary looking, so the color contrast is promising even though this particular experiment was a bust.

In light of this experiment, polyurethane might prevent this problem. I don’t have any polyurethane glue, and normally avoid it, but this might be an exception.

Oh, well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

-- Barry,

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