Making acrylic pen blanks?

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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 01-07-2012 01:04 AM 2100 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2012 01:04 AM

Someone on campus is offering some acrylic sheet material for very little money, and I am wondering if anyone knows whether acrylic sheet can be used to make acrylic pen blanks. I’ve never worked with acrylic at all. They said it’s “mostly 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, some thicker, including a foot square bit of 1” thick. 90% is still papered on both sides.”

Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 01:18 AM

Good to know – not the best project to take on, then. Thanks!

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 03:12 AM

I don’t know all the proper scientific names, but I have turned a product called with the marketing name of corian. It is usually used for kitchen countertops.

Turning it went well. However, to get the right look you need an some special finishing products and an ultra fine sanding mesh. It’s been a while so I can’t give you details on what you need to properly finish the pen.

Note – I am a recovering penalcohoic.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 04:31 AM

I make pen blanks out of polyester resin, some use alumilite and woodcraft Sells acrylics. I do not know the exact scientific name that they are using but they turn well with sharp tools. Also, they polish up great…look at my projects to see my Xmas pen.

For a few dollars I would give it a try.


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