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Old 02-08-2014, 03:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:36 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Welcome Denise! Pen turning is an amazing hobby that allows for a ton of creativity. Here's a pic on one of my Deer Antler pens where I used some thin Aluminum around some Padauk for accent. On your Corian - perhaps this might work. Good luck and welcome to IAP!
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WOW!!!! THANKS for the warm welcome. There is so much great information on this forum!!!

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For somebody that's just starting, you've already hit about half the major types of pen blanks! :big grin:

I've turned Corian a few times (or another company's version of it - not sure which)…turned nicely though very powdery.

The glue line bugged me even with sanding before gluing so I switched to a slice of Walnut between the chunks of Corian. The Walnut was maybe an 1/8" thick…it's important to drill parallel to the center strip if you go that route…or make sure you're well off parallel so it's obvious you meant to have the strip either running the length of the pen or running at an angle.

I like the Walnut strip (the Corian is white with tiny specs so the Walnut contrasts nicely) but the buddy that gave me the Corian seems to prefer pure Corian….
If I have only done half, what am I missing????? I guess I like to try lots of options.!! Not sure if this is pure Corian or another brand, I guess I am using that as a generic term.

I love the idea of putting in a piece of accent wood. Do you still use just medium CA glue for the Corian to wood glue up or something different? Also, it sounds really interesting to put a piece of aluminum in there. Can't wait to research that and give it a go!!

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I also acquired a large supply of corian. They have been selling well for me as stylus pens.

I have been making the "hidden pill compartment" key ring using different colors of corian. The hide the glue line, I glue a piece of aluminum coke can between the corian. So far, that's been working very well. Just med CA and clamp. Drill the hole slowly with a sharp drill bit to avoid the segments separating.
These are BEAUTIFUL and kind of what I had in mind with mixing and matching the Corian. THANKS for the inspiration!!! I have some of the hidden compartment key rings on order and are waiting for them to arrive.

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My husband is excited to have me join him. He would buy anything I want or need in order for me to be successful. Actually, as a family we spend a considerable amount of the winter season hanging out in his shop working on projects. This year we added a wood burner to burn all of the shop scraps and to add a little extra heat and give the furnace a break.

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Welcome Denise. I am surprised no one mentioned to you that we also like to see pictures.
Hope you enjoy your time here. We have a great library with lots of helpful ideas and techniques in there.

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THANKS!!! My pens are not photo worthy, yet. They will get there someday. I'll think about adding a photo.

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Welcome from Texas Denise! Try a tapered reamer to ease the inside lip of the tubes. It will make the components easier to press. Also, take extra care to make sure there is absolutely no glue inside the tube. Instead of being pushed out of the way, it will often cause your nicely turned and polished blank to crack on assembly.
THANKS for that tip. We have some sort of special bit that cleans out the inside of the tube while you are also squaring up the end of the blank. Not sure if it is tapered though. There are several different size bits though. Will have to check in to that.

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Welcome Denise! Pen turning is an amazing hobby that allows for a ton of creativity. Here's a pic on one of my Deer Antler pens where I used some thin Aluminum around some Padauk for accent. On your Corian - perhaps this might work. Good luck and welcome to IAP!
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WOW that is beautiful and so rich looking. How does the antler turn. Is it easy or hard? Is there any special prep work to the antler? May have to go out on a hike when the snow clears and find a piece of antler.

Again, thank you all for the warm welcome. I am really enjoying myself. I have a couple of blanks that I glued up the other day that are just calling my name!!!
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WOW!!!! THANKS for the warm welcome. There is so much great information on this forum!!!

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For somebody that's just starting, you've already hit about half the major types of pen blanks! :big grin:

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If I have only done half, what am I missing????? I guess I like to try lots of options.!! Not sure if this is pure Corian or another brand, I guess I am using that as a generic term.

I love the idea of putting in a piece of accent wood. Do you still use just medium CA glue for the Corian to wood glue up or something different? Also, it sounds really interesting to put a piece of aluminum in there. Can't wait to research that and give it a go!!
Here are a few materials I didn't see listed in your opening post:

- antler
- inlace acrylester
- poly resin
- amalgum mutts
- something you've cast yourself

The first is one of my favorites and turns much easier than I originally dreaded it would.

The last is still on my to-do list but I think I finally have all of the pieces I'll need rounded up (modified pressure pot, resin, mold, mold caddy, dyes, misc things to embed, measuring scale, mixing cups, dedicated spatulas, stir sticks, drop cloths, lucky rabbit's foot…).

Yes, I simply used CA glue to hold the Walnut and Corian together. CA loves both of those materials and doesn't seem to mind holding one to the other.

Another option would be the thin sheets of colored plastic that are sold for laminating/segmenting accents. It would give an easy-to-turn, easy-to-trim, colorful layer (or multiple bands of color). I'm drawing a blank at the moment on where to find those sheets though. (oops).
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Welcome from the Rocky Mountains! You mentioned wanting to try your hand at casting. Fair warning… one time and you will be addicted! There is something about creating your own custom blank and realizing that it's 100% unique to you and your style. Happy turning!
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