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Old 03-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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For those who may not be squeamish around chemicals that could cause potentially catastrophic consequences (you can put me in the squeamish category) it might be a good idea to take the bulk of this thread and put it into a tutorial format for the library.

Might have to have a new category though -- Making and Finishing Metallic Pens with Caustic Substances
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I've got to quit reading your post Brad. Everytime I do, I feel like what I do to make a pen is equivilent to a cave man hitting one rock against another!
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Mmmm ok, I'll take up your challenge, but how are we going to decide which is better as we already know that you cheat like your feet stink!!! :)

I think it's time we Brit members had another knees up!!
We've had two great fun all nighters and must be due another one by now!!

A great day would be with you showing your alchemy, me showing how to 'properly' shine a bit of stainless, Mark Ligget doing a CA finish and PhilB (I think) showing how to take a good pic. (Mind you, Mark takes a mean photo too)

You're the loudest Brit on the block, so you can try and set it up!!! :)
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I've got to quit reading your post Brad. Everytime I do, I feel like what I do to make a pen is equivilent to a cave man hitting one rock against another!
Ah but on the other hand ive seen many a piece of wood with no finish applied at all be far more beautiful than a piece of metal, however its finished. Tales an eye to get that right and a skilled hand for a good finish. I was never too successful with CA glue.

I just want to explore other techniques we can use in the pen world in a chance of expanding our horizons as to what we can acheive with some of these methods when they are combined with the talent of turners on this forum. some amazing metal pens have been made.. those talents with different ways of finishing metal other than matte or shine opens so many doors for them to get out their artistic fair


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Mmmm ok, I'll take up your challenge, but how are we going to decide which is better as we already know that you cheat like your feet stink!!! :)

I think it's time we Brit members had another knees up!!
We've had two great fun all nighters and must be due another one by now!!

A great day would be with you showing your alchemy, me showing how to 'properly' shine a bit of stainless, Mark Ligget doing a CA finish and PhilB (I think) showing how to take a good pic. (Mind you, Mark takes a mean photo too)

You're the loudest Brit on the block, so you can try and set it up!!! :)
Every time i work with stainless i burn my fingers . no fun without a coolant system.

and i cheat?? you was borderline a kit pen by using that nut B&Q Kit Jr

if you take two identical stainless nuts and post me one, i will electropolish it and post it back and you can decide. How about that

Yep i think a meet on the calendar would be good! just hope i dont get stopped with a suitcase full of chemicals Its not wht it looks like officer... yes i know thats cyanide, but you can use it for more than posioning people.
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Mmmm ok, I'll take up your challenge, but how are we going to decide which is better as we already know that you cheat like your feet stink!!! :)

I think it's time we Brit members had another knees up!!
We've had two great fun all nighters and must be due another one by now!!

A great day would be with you showing your alchemy, me showing how to 'properly' shine a bit of stainless, Mark Ligget doing a CA finish and PhilB (I think) showing how to take a good pic. (Mind you, Mark takes a mean photo too)

You're the loudest Brit on the block, so you can try and set it up!!! :)
I know that was in english, but I didn't understand a word of it.
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You dont collect the hydrogen gas for other fun things to have show and tell with?
no my wife banned me from most things flammable and explosive some time ago
So Brad...what does your wife have against an occasional fire or explosion? Maybe she never heard of the "Big Bang Theory". Do you feel your creativity is being stifled by all these rules?
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Similar things are said when I go snowboarding, though she snowboarsa too so the claim goes both ways. That reminds me.... I need to book that hiking holiday where you hike along the ridges of active volcanos
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So Brad...what does your wife have against an occasional fire or explosion? Maybe she never heard of the "Big Bang Theory". Do you feel your creativity is being stifled by all these rules?
I think the issue was more the scale of it lol
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I just learned about these redox reactions in my chemistry! I was planing on trying some electroplating projects over the summer, this sounds great too! I will definitely be looking into your site later. I get so excited about these things, but then I never have enough time...
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