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Old 12-23-2018, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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While browsing around Joanne Fabrics, waiting for my wife,picking out fabrics, I came across this stuff called Washi tape. Gears started turning and I wondered if I could incorporate this stuff in making pens. I tried it on a piece of Purple Heart, inset in in a slight groove, my parting tool is the exact width of the tape I bought. I turned out fine, put a ca finish on it, it’s very smooth, you cannot feel a transition whatsoever. My concern and question is, will it make a pen look cheap? I wouldn’t ever try it on something high end. My wife commented that she thinks it would look great on seam rippers as it has a kind of fabric look. Thoughts?img_2800.jpg

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Old 12-23-2018, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like it. I'm with your wife--that would look brilliant on seam rippers!
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it is neat.

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Looks good!
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with the above - Nothing wrong with that at all. Many options and possibilities.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I can see it may have its place on some light colored wood or acylic as an accent piece. But what makes it so noticable is the edge from the parting tool and transition to the tape. We know it is not true segmented. Even if you used just as tape then you have the reverse look. As I said maybe some steam punk blank or as others have said a knitting needle, or seam ripper. Good luck and you will run into this all the time now. Constantly looking at things and trying to see in your mind if they would work on a pen blank. You are hooked.
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with the other John T., less transition from the wood to the ribbon. Good idea to offer something different. There are some penturners that do decorative thread wraps like you would find on custom fishing rods. My wife and I go to Hobby Lobby just to see what is on sale or new. Joann's is about a 35 minute drive so we don't get there often as we would like. They have great sales but only last for about three days.
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Agree with all of the above, However maybe the folks that buy seam rippers will accept them as they are - they may appear perfect to them. In my experience, I have find myself much more critical of my own work than my clients. Thank you presenting and much success with the concept!
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Old 12-23-2018, 02:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 12-23-2018, 03:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The image i posted is just a proof of concept thing, it is not an item of use. It is just a piece of scrap wood to see if the Washi paper could be of use in a future project. It seems like maybe that wasn’t clear. In any case I am thankful for all observations.

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