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Old 10-20-2010, 05:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default WTB/WTT for some black acrylic blanks

I'm in need of a few completely black acrylic blanks...no swirling, no mixed colors, just plain old black.

Contact me via PM please. I've got a lot of wood blanks available if you'd like to work a trade, or maybe even plain old money will work.



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I think Dawn has what you need.
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If you want something a little more durable than PR, try the lucite rods at http://www.pipemakers.org/rods01.html . FWIW, I believe they still wave the minimum purchase for pen makers.
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Thanks Mike! Yep, Exotics does currently carry a couple of options in solid black.

A very black PR, an Alt. Ebony (black imported acrylic) and a few new choices that I haven't got around to listing yet!

PM sent Scott!
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A few words about BLACK from a guy who turns a LOT of plastics:

BLACK plastic shows EVERY scratch. So, while Polyresin is not as durable as true acrylic, it is also easier to remove those scratches, as you attempt to make a pen.

Additionally, Polyresin can be what I call "hot" or "turner-friendly". This depends on the amount of catalyst the person pouring the resin uses. Dawn's (with which I am quite familiar) is very turner-friendly. "Inlace Acrylester" is an example of the "hot" end of the spectrum--which is very "chippy" or "glass-like" to turn. But with black, the issue is more related to your finishing technique.

Do you plan to use a buffer? Or MicroMesh and polishes?
I have infinitely greater success with the buffer, but YMMV.

So, you really want to use a more durable product? Try true cast acrylic--it is VERY durable---if you can turn it. Not "made for turning", it can be done, but is frequently not uniform in it's reaction to your tool --again YMMV,

The simplest, durable product that I know of is the alternative ebony that we import. Again, it IS BLACK, so the finishing and scratch removal takes time and good sanding regimen. BUT, it drills easily and turns reasonably well.

So, for anyone who has done a LOT of black pens--none of this is too difficult and ANY material can be made into a beautiful pen. But it's not like turning "pretty wood pens".
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Here's an example of the lucite.



Just some pretty plastic barrels.
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I have had good luck with black trustone. (sorry no pics!)
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I have had good luck with black trustone. (sorry no pics!)

The "Tru-stone" folks sell a black mother of pearl (which is not a tru-stone-its a resin of sorts), but I did not know of a trustone in black.
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They do have one called Jet/Onyx, Ed. I don't know what it's like as I've only turned two pieces of Tru-stone in my life (looking to get more, but I need to get more kits too)
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Thank-you, I did not know that.

(Dawn is the Tru-stone person)
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