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Old 04-14-2018, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A Feather Seg combo and more

Every year I spend the first couple of months making donation pens for some local fund raisers. I thought I would share a few of my favorite ones...

The first is a segmented Chechen and Ash pen with brass inlay and a feather arrangement. I cut spectra ply to fit the inlay cuts for a little color.

The second is a camo cardistry blank with a custom logo decal under silmar.

The third is Bethlehem Olivewood on a black ti jr II.

The fourth is a faux copperhead blank I cast on another black ti jr.

The fifth is an Opal FX custom blank on a rhodium jr. These are very hard to photograph and show the color. I don't like the pose but the color shows a little better in this one.

The sixth one is an alumilite maple cast on an Atrax.

the last one is a blue Jack Cardistry on a rhodium jr.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice group. The Opal FX is nice but I am leaning toward the segmented one with the feather as my favorite.

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Old 04-14-2018, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Love the pens! The first one is awesome!! Faux copperhead looks real and the opal fx is beautiful.

I'm never fast enough to get the black opal blanks on EB. I'll have to order direct.

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WOW ! . Those are all SOOOOO nice !! . Great work, John !!
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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All good...but the cap on the first one is just superb. Well done, as always.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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John, that first pen is one of your best. It has alot of different techniques in it and it is not over done. Love to see that on the front page here. You need to expand this idea and I bet if you offer those blanks you would not be able to keep up. Top shelf.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I also will agree that the first is my favorite. Simply wonderful. The opal is also a real eye catcher.

Nice group, and I suspect for nice causes.

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Old 04-15-2018, 06:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The segmented Chechen and Ash pen is amazing! The others are just terrific. Lovely work.
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the comments. It means a lot to me getting compliments from you guys here. The first pen is my fav also. Every year I try to send something different to that organization because they have some members who look forward to the bidding wars and pay some very generous prices. I want to give them something rare and worthy of their bids.

I should have also mentioned in the first post that I made the first pen after seeing Mark James demo his technique at a Chicagoland Chapter meeting. Mark your work is very inspiring, only I had to use spectra ply because I don't have a thickness sander yet. Thanks for the Education and Inspiration!

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I hope someday to cast blanks half as gorgeous as your creations
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