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Old 10-28-2011, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am a new pen turner, and these are my first 11 pens. I know they're nothing out of the ordinary, but I wanted to get some input of what I could do better. also, what do think they're worth, like in a market environment. I am only 15, so go easy
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hey welcome here. They look ok but I can't see em too good on my iPhone. And I didn't know I was a hippie!:)
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Welcome to Jurassic park .... I mean IAP haha :0- They look great, I know the look nicer then my first ones. Some ask $15.00 I ask $20.00 some ask $35.00
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You are off to a great start. Nice variety in your blanks. I like #4, looks like your sizing and spacing is fairly even and consistent. Can't give you much advice on pricing as I am still within my first dozen pens and haven't started selling them.

Other here have suggested that you keep your first pen. Then pull it our every once in a while to see how you are progressing.

Keep up the good work. Check out the library for other great ideas.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Thanks guys for the kind words, I appreciate the input.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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They look good to me for first pens. (See the thread on First Pens here to see where some of the rest of us started.)

Ideas for improvement...

One way to go is to work on other finishes. Are you using a friction finish (aka turner's finish)? CA or lacquer can get you a higher gloss and a more durable finish. You can get lots of ideas in the Finishing forum here. You'll find a bunch of ways to do CA finishes - none of them will work for you, but if you try them all, you'll probably figure out yet another way to do it, which will work for you.

Another thing to do is ditch the kit center bands. I see you trying to turn creative shapes... the CB just gets in the way. You can make slimlines without center bands, or make your own center bands. It's probably the easiest "mod" available for slimlines.

Of course, doing more different kits is a good way to expand your experience, too.

Pricing... that's a huge thing that no one can answer for you. It all depends what you're selling, who you're selling it to, where you're selling it, why you're selling it, and what kind of salesman you are. There are some threads in the Marketing forum about this that can give you some ideas. Also search on-line to see what other penturners are charging in their online stores or at Etsy.

Good luck, and welcome to the addiction!
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Those look awesome! Nice job!
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Welcome. Look very good for your first pens. It's nice to see a young person getting hobby. Well enjoy and have lots of fun.
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Reece,

Good looking pens, although I think you'll find that the busier shapes and blanks are more interesting to your fellow penmakers than to the "general public".

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They all look very good. Wish I had started at 15....I would be gooooood by now. Stick with it. Looks to me like you have the talent for it.
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