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Old 09-14-2008, 08:29 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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What if you were able to level some plate glass and pour a thin swirled PR onto that and allow it to make a thin sheet? Maybe a few layers of masking tape to make a "dam" to keep the thickness?

Then a lightly tinted amber in the same method for the inserts. This way you might be able to cut it into thin strips, drill the holes in the sheet and then cut them apart and build it on a brass tube.

I like the pre-drill idea to keep the hole straight compared to the lines of the blank.

Make a wood board with four t-nuts in each corner, install pan head 1/4-20 bolts and place the glass ontop of that. This will allow you to adjust each corner to level. Just thinking here.
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What if you were able to level some plate glass and pour a thin swirled PR onto that and allow it to make a thin sheet? Maybe a few layers of masking tape to make a "dam" to keep the thickness?

Then a lightly tinted amber in the same method for the inserts. This way you might be able to cut it into thin strips, drill the holes in the sheet and then cut them apart and build it on a brass tube.

I like the pre-drill idea to keep the hole straight compared to the lines of the blank.

Make a wood board with four t-nuts in each corner, install pan head 1/4-20 bolts and place the glass ontop of that. This will allow you to adjust each corner to level. Just thinking here.
Even with that setup which is a good idea, I think it would be really difficult to make a uniform thickness sheet. This one was sliced from a turned cylinder and randomly oriented to get a similar effect to the Parker. If I cast a sheet, I think I would want to pass it through a thickness sander to make the pieces uniform, but I don't have one. The other idea is to make the colored section, turn it round, and with a thin parting tool on the metal lathe make grooves that can be filled with a second cast of black PR. The trick with that one is perhaps to make multiple pours at angles of the colored section to lose the grain effect.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Bruce, I like it!!!

A Lot!!!

That offset shimmer effect as always drawn me to that pen.

I hate to say it though, but I think that the pattern it is not busy enough! Now, when did you say you were going to have those blanks available for sale??

Hmm... If you do what Lee is suggesting.... Do you think that you can make a blank patterned off of what (I think) they used to call a "snake skin" pen? I think something like that paired with the snake clip you made would be dynamite!
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Bruce, I like it!!!

A Lot!!!

That offset shimmer effect as always drawn me to that pen.

I hate to say it though, but I think that the pattern it is not busy enough! Now, when did you say you were going to have those blanks available for sale??

Hmm... If you do what Lee is suggesting.... Do you think that you can make a blank patterned off of what (I think) they used to call a "snake skin" pen? I think something like that paired with the snake clip you made would be dynamite!
Why thank you Princess. Don't think these will ever be for sale, but I could be talked into a trade for a kringle.
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Hi Bruce,

What a lovable pen !!!

Thanks for reviving it and posting a link to it.

Perhaps my post here will result in that thread becoming active again and result in some of that Vacumatic material breaking its head through the surface. . Hope so.

I tried to make a blank like that but it was a failure.

Yours is absolutely beautiful !!!
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Might have been 10 years ago but you are still ahead of the curve.
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Good revival. I hadn't seen this before. Very cool!
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