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Old 03-23-2019, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I made the blanks using Liquid Diamonds resin mixed with black onyx and red scarlet mica powders, kinda having a plan for the pen look, let that cure for a good 2 weeks. Then the turning and polishing started. Did I achieve what I had in mind? Almost, and learned a few things along the way. The black onyx parts ended up not as opaque as I envisioned, but I can live with that. The red/pinkish parts look a bit blah, not necessarily something I would use again in this context. Some of the threads are a bit too long and should be shortened by a couple turns on the next iteration. I also need to find a better way to polish the threads, I tried a few things but I'm not there yet. The Nib is an Edison #6 steel two-tone (a.k.a. Jowo #6). Good learning experience and I enjoyed making it. C&C welcome.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It looks great, looks like you have worked out your thread to pen cap/body spacing. I like the shape of your section. I think the way you have designed your cap, you can integrate a clip with ease. Can’t tell from your pictures, did you thread the top of the cap for the “red” end?
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Nice work ! ... So what threads did you use ... cap to body, and section to body ?
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I admire you kitless folks, so I have no comments on process as these skills are not in my tool box.

But, I see nothing wrong with the pinkish sections, a nice combination in my opinion.

Very nice overall profile and appearance.
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Awesome work.
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Thank you Tim!
Yes, the plan is to add a clip to some future prototype. I've been looking into whether a clip could be made using resin, maybe by making a silicon mold that would make it close to the final shape. I'm guessing it will be more brittle than a metal clip but I want to give it a try. I've scouted the library here and couldn't find an example so far.
None of the "red" "black" junctions are threaded, they are glued together with thick CA.


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It looks great, looks like you have worked out your thread to pen cap/body spacing. I like the shape of your section. I think the way you have designed your cap, you can integrate a clip with ease. Can’t tell from your pictures, did you thread the top of the cap for the “red” end?
Can’t wait to see your next one!


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Thanks Mal!
Threads are M13x0.8 3 for the cap to body, M10x1 for the section to body (and threads for the Jowo #6 inside the section).

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Thanks Mark!
Since the body and cap are not completely opaque I feel it would look better if the pinkish sections had a matching/lower opacity. I'm new to using LD and mica powders, I'll have better control over these "problems" in a while :)

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But, I see nothing wrong with the pinkish sections, a nice combination in my opinion.

Very nice overall profile and appearance.
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Looking very good Fred. I would be happy if I made that .
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Nice combination, I like minimalist designs, I hope you have plans for a simple and sturdy clip.

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