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Old 05-28-2018, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I took advantage of the long weekend to "Play" a bit instead of work on orders. These are the results:
1. A very classy pen made from imitation ivory resin and black acrylic. This was a new imitation ivory I got a few weeks ago and was anxious to try. It looks great, but is quite brittle, so I had to use acrylic for the parts that were threaded or took any substantial stress. I really love how this turned out. It has a nice shapely body, and feels great to use.


2. A chunky, curvy sort of pen made from a purple/blue swirled acrylic. There isn't anything really out of the ordinary about this one. I really love the shape, and it has a fancy clip. I often times will put a nice clip on a rather plain pen just for a neat effect.

3. A syringe filler in vintage "gray lizard" cellulose acetate. This is something I had been wanting to do for a long time: Use all vintage material (minus the black acrylic parts), use a unique filling system, and use a fancier nib. This is a small pen (as far as most customs go). The cap diameter is about 13.5mm, and the body is 11.5mm at the threads. The materials comes in a tube form, so I used black acrylic for the end pieces and the section. The clip is made from nickel silver, as is the cap band. In trying to stay true to tradition, the cap band was swaged on rather than tenoned on, which was something I had wanted to try out, and it worked beautifully. The nib is a Pelikan 205 nib.
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Wow, I really like the gray lizard cellulose fountain pen. Beautiful!
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Love that gray lizard !!!


What does "swaged" mean ?
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Love that gray lizard !!!


What does "swaged" mean ?
Band was compressed into a groove cut in the cap rather than making a tenon on the cap, then gluing a band and end piece of material over the tenon.
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Love that gray lizard !!!


What does "swaged" mean ?
Band was compressed into a groove cut in the cap rather than making a tenon on the cap, then gluing a band and end piece of material over the tenon.
Gorgeous as always, John. Swaged using a series of collets? I'm trying to build up my nerve to try that...
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Your work is always top notch! I like the first one the best. Awesome!
Would you mind telling where you got the alt ivory? It looks much better than I have gotten.


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Iím amazed at your ability to make the intersection on the body disappear in the pattern of the grey lizard. Iím also digging the cap threads on your pens. All beautiful pens!


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Absolutely beautiful work! Those cap threads are awesome!
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Your work is always top notch! I like the first one the best. Awesome!
Would you mind telling where you got the alt ivory? It looks much better than I have gotten.


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Thanks. The imitation ivory is from Vermont freehand. It is quite brittle, but much better quality, and not nearly as powdery as the ďalternate ivoryĒ polyresin (although from the smell, Iím pretty sure this is a polyresin too).
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Very well done! Especially on the cellulose acetate rod in maintaining not only the angle of the gray lizard pattern but also aligning each component's shades with one another!
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