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Old 01-08-2018, 05:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I have noticed the one sided thing on most pearlescent blanks, also. Since we will likely start casting this quarter, any secrets to avoiding will be appreciated.


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TerraDax has started a new thread on this in Casting under the header Your Experience so reply there if you have knowledge/experience pertaining to the layering effect.


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Old 01-08-2018, 08:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I just received 4 of the Diamond Dust blanks from Tim today. They look amazing and so much better than the picture on the site which was stunning. I canít wait to build some pens with them.

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A question about the first picture, do you turn the blank round with a single cut? Brave man there if so.


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Old 01-08-2018, 10:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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All talk of the blank aside (I really like the blank) for a moment. I wanted to tell you that I really like thee roll stop you have implemented. I followed your last one and know that it was an earring. Just wanted to say "good on you" for thinking outside the box. Classy pen. Classier idea. Made me think beyond my own thinking - two points for you! (And I really do love the blank!)
Much appreciated. I use all sorts of goodies for roll stops. Earrings, rings, crystals, etc... Currently playing around with embedding an old nib in the cap but not completely sold on the look yet.
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I like the blanks, they turn and drill easily. Nice product.
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I think the blanks have come a long way since this test, in no small part due to feedback like this. The round blanks have beautiful sparkle at all angles and I started offering the skinnier blanks in 9" size with no need to turn down. Very appreciative of all the feedback from everyone that's turned them.
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:22 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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I want to add my positive support for Tim's blanks. . Have been turning them for several months and have been totally thrilled with the results. . I don't post many pictures, and I apologize to Tim for that ... I should have. Many thanks, Tim, for your outstanding blank craftsmanship. . Your contribution to pen making deserves to make the historical record !!
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I think the blanks have come a long way since this test, in no small part due to feedback like this. The round blanks have beautiful sparkle at all angles and I started offering the skinnier blanks in 9" size with no need to turn down. Very appreciative of all the feedback from everyone that's turned them.
You gave me a 3/4” or larger round blank that looked beautiful but was soooo thick. I turned is very quickly to my surprise and love it. Smaller diameters like 5/8” would be a plus for me. When I drill them on the lathe both ends are very similar so I usually don’t need extra room for error.

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The 9" blanks measure .722" roughly... Definitely a bit slimmer than the .81" of my normal round ones. You need a little waste to turn away the outside where the resin ran down the mold.
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