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Old 03-08-2018, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi Y'all,
I'm not sure if I attached these pictures correctly, but here are a few thing I've made fairly recently. Nothing fancy, but in time I'd like to try to get a little bit fancy.

Bottle stopper - Decorated with pyrography.
Awl - Made from a broken drill bit, a brass air fitting, and a piece of stained poplar finished with super glue.
Pens and leather pen case - two slimline pens made from the Rockler pen kits. I cast the resins and turned them down with the lathe. I also made the leather pen case.
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Old 03-08-2018, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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They don't look like beginners projects, well done !

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They don't look like beginners projects, well done !

Dave
Thanks Super Dave. If you knew what I was doing yesterday and today you'd know just how green I am! I was using this different kind of resin with a work time of 2.5 minutes. What a mess!! I see these other guys showing their pens with all of the nice swirls of brilliant colors, and mine always seem to turn out like mud. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it, If at first you don't succeed, try, and try again.
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Nice work. I like the pyrography on the stopper a lot, but that leather case steals the show, it’s beautiful.
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Thanks Jay,
I really appreciate those kind words. I've been working with leather for a few years, but the pyrography is something new. By the way, I stained the veggie tan leather with vinegaroon (rusty steel wool in vinegar) sometimes it turns it black and once it's done it's there forever.
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You are setting us up for high expectations !

Your work is both beautiful and innovative ... I like it very much !!

At Rockler you are paying a little too much ...

With regard to the acrylic pens ... a little more attention to sanding and polishing would increase your satisfaction level, in my opinion.
I went through this when I started ... I was afraid to use 180 grit and 240 grit for acrylics at first, but if you sand lengthwise with the lathe turned off, just rotating the headstock/chuck by hand and go through all grits from 180 to 1500 ... about 60 strokes each after 240 grit (perhaps diminishing strokes as you go up) ... I think you will like the result. And then, some coarse automotive polish followed by Novus 3 and then Novus 2 and finally Plastix ...

The 180 and 240 grits will tend to take out any possible irregularites from the turning process and then you are starting to smooth things out, with the 1500 (and possibly 2000) starting to give you a bit of a shine. I used to use MicroMesh after that but found that unnecessary after a while. The Meguiar's Automotive coarse is a suitable intermediate stage, I found.

I buy my Novus cut polishes at ExoticBlanks.com ... I get the larger sizes (4 or 6 ounce) which other vendors don't seem to sell.

I think you are doing great and I like your boldness in jumping into casting so soon !! . I see kitless on your horizon !!
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Thanks Mal,
I'll try my best to live up to those expectations. It will probably be hit and miss, but I love doing this sort of thing.
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Great results Gary.

Ditch the slims for a while (it is actually a challenging kit - but awesome for modifications later). Try some other inexpensive kits to get your appetite wet. Sierra (and clones), Knurl, Executive, etc... Then go to the two blank series; Jr Gent, etc ...

The awl and bottle stopper are very nice!

Mal gave some nice suggestions.

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Mal,
I didn't see those suggestions before. I don't believe they were there. I just read Mark James comment where he said "Mal gave some nice suggestions." Then I looked back at your comment and saw them. I'm sure you're right! Today I used the micro mesh pads for the very first time, but I have concerns about the price and how long they will last. So the auto rubbing compound sounds like a winner. I will try it for sure. Thanks for the tips!

Mark James,
I think you are talking over my head, but I'll try to research the pen kits that you mentioned. Then maybe I'll understand what you mean by ditching the slim lines.

Thanks for the help Gary

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Terrific Display of your Creations Gary,
Nice Slim Lines, Attractive Blanks, Well Turned.
As Mal suggested the Finishing can be readily improved with the longitudinal strokes, and with the use of Plastic and Auto Finishes.
There is an excellent Youtube, by Ed of Exotic Blanks on Buff Finishing of Epoxy Blanks, well worth looking at.
Also all of Ed's Youtube's are well worth watching and adapting.

Love your Leather Pen Case, Brilliant Leather Embossing, Dying, and Stitching.

Excellent Pyrography, on the Bottle Stopper.

With the Brad Awl, Brilliant Idea of using a Twist Drill, Ground to a Taper where the Spiral Groove will aid the removal of the Timber when twisted against the Timber.

i look forward to your Future Posts,
Well Done,
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