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Old 04-04-2018, 10:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Suggest brass sheet (shim ?) 3/32" thick if decide to laminate the blank yourself. Would need CA or lacquer coat. . I think 1/8" would be a little too thick aesthetically (depends on pen diameter).

Not to contradict Kyle, but I think you would not have any trouble using sharp tools, and carbide would do it also (round cutter). RPM about 1200-1500. I have done similar things. . Sorry no pics. avail.

I hope when you get this done you will do a show-and-tell, please.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:11 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Here are a couple samples of label blanks that Tom (M4Skinner) has done for me. He has done several for me. He does very nice work.

I used to use actual segmented blanks that I made of black and light blue alumilite which were very nice, but people always want to personalize. Well, I had a local person engraving for me at $17 a blank, which was pretty good, but he was making more profit per pen than I was and I had hours of work into each blank. Plus, once you engrave and color fill I always felt like I had to CA coat over the top so the color fill won't chip out or get dirty...
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Search online for brass tape or brass strip. You may be able to add or inset a strip on both sides of a turned blank which is smaller than finish size and then cast clear over the whole piece and then do your final turn.

Just a thought!
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