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Old 07-06-2011, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Finally newbie pics.

Ok, so these are a couple of the first few pens ive turned. 5 and 6 of 10 so far. One is a black cigar, and bocote blank. I finished sanding to 12000, and finished with a high friction polish. I just cant seem to get the CA finish just right yet. The other is a Vertex click, and some sort of acrylic. I carry the click pen as my everyday use pen, so it shows some wear, as im a NDT/Teamleader-mechanic by day.
Sorry about the pittiful pictures, as taking pics just isnt my cup of tea.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good, I personally have hit a wall where I am cracking (last couple I have made)
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good job! Don't worry about the CA finish it will come along for you. I thought I would never be able to do it a year ago. I think you are off to a very good start.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What he said. It just takes practice. These look great.
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I WISH pen #5 or 6 was that Vertex click. Great start! he CA finish is an interesting beast, and with practice it will eventually feel like second nature. And you probably WILL develop your own way of doing it that differs from everyone else's in some odd way.
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good start, and nowhere to go but up! A word of warning about CA: you'll try it, eventually you'll get it, it'll work great for a few pens, and then it will stop working for you again. I think there's just no substitute for practice. There are a thousand penturners with a thousand and five ways to do a CA finish. So try different methods, see what aspects of each work for you, and you'll come up with your own way #1006.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement guys.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Looking good!
If you can hook up with someone and watch them apply a CA finish, I think it'll help. I watched someone do it at our Indy area IAP meeting about a year ago and I've been doing good with it since.
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Nice work!
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Just like everybody else said, keep practicing the CA and you'll discover the way that works best for you. A word of advice is to buy some cheap dowels and practice on those instead of blowing through expensive blanks.
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