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Old 12-07-2017, 05:53 AM   #31 (permalink)
 
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I love the idea, and the pen is well crafted, but reverse paint the blank next time. "To me", it is distracting from the beauty of the rest of the pen. YMMV
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:44 AM   #32 (permalink)
 
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I love the idea, and the pen is well crafted, but reverse paint the blank next time. "To me", it is distracting from the beauty of the rest of the pen. YMMV
Excuse the rookie question but could you educate me on reverse painting the blank?

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Might be why I was on the fence with this one. I’ve pull countless burs from horse tails over the years! My fingers hurt just looking at them.

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Old 12-07-2017, 11:52 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Reverse Painting means that on cast blanks, painting the inside of the blank after you drill it out and before you insert and glue in the tube. This prevents the tube from showing and also prevents air bubbles and glue spots from showing.

Here is a perfect example of painting of different colors and how painting changes the colors:
Seeing is believing - Reverse Painting
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:07 PM   #34 (permalink)
 
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Reverse Painting means that on cast blanks, painting the inside of the blank after you drill it out and before you insert and glue in the tube. This prevents the tube from showing and also prevents air bubbles and glue spots from showing.

Here is a perfect example of painting of different colors and how painting changes the colors:
Seeing is believing - Reverse Painting
Oh, ok thanks.

I can’t see the tube but the blank was cast with fairly heavy gold Pearl Ex, it doesn’t show up in the picture as well as it does in person. That’s the way my coworker wanted it.

I’ll give it a try on the next one. Good info for the future!

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Old 12-07-2017, 03:10 PM   #35 (permalink)
 
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They look cool. Sound like a lot of work, though.
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:35 PM   #36 (permalink)
 
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Reverse Painting means that on cast blanks, painting the inside of the blank after you drill it out and before you insert and glue in the tube. This prevents the tube from showing and also prevents air bubbles and glue spots from showing.

Here is a perfect example of painting of different colors and how painting changes the colors:
Seeing is believing - Reverse Painting
Oh, ok thanks.

I canít see the tube but the blank was cast with fairly heavy gold Pearl Ex, it doesnít show up in the picture as well as it does in person. Thatís the way my coworker wanted it.

Iíll give it a try on the next one. Good info for the future!
If your blank is opaque and you said you can't see the tube, then I don't think painting it will make a difference, but you never know.
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:44 PM   #37 (permalink)
 
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Cotton, I have looked at this a number of times...and I am still not sure that about it. But either way it is done very well and I am sure that the burrs being cast into a pen could not be any better....I just can't help but think it looks like cast bugs. If it was for someone that burrs meant something to, I would think they would be quite pleased with it....again, I think the colors and casting is well done....I don't think I can see the tubes...so if I were you, I would be pleased with it.
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If you want my honest opinion...........I like it. If the person you are making it for likes it, you have a winner. In the end that is the real test.
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