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Old 04-07-2011, 10:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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They are all nice pens. But, they are getting lost in the background. Plain white would of worked much better.
Agree...probably better on different background. How's this?
Much better.
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Great looking pens!

Bamboo table placemat for the background right?
You are correct sir.
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Thanks for the nice comments. For those wondering how I did the stars, there's no big secret here. I do it pretty much the same way the guys who sell the flag theme kits do it...I use a laser engraver. I turn the barrel just shy of finished shape, then I engrave the star depressions. I made a jig to help with the spacing. I cut the white stars out of 1/8" material, then CA them in place. I use medium CA and before it has a chance to set, I tamp the stars in firmly with a small hammer, and little wooden tamper I made. After the glue sets I turn to the final shape. There's a lot of trial and error getting the star size to match the depressions...laser cutting Corian does not produce the consistent cuts that wood does.
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I am impressed with your pen making and for sure the laser work! Outstanding. I showed the pic to the engraver I use (neighbor), he was very impressed also. He was not sure he could even give it a good try.
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looking good, a lot of work went into them.
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Very cool, now I need a lazer engraver.
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