2020 Bash - Kitless Pen Making Contest

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darrin1200

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It’s my honour to host the 16th Birthday Bash

Kitless Contest

In addition to the rules laid out here, all IAP “Universal Contest Rules” apply. You can find them and read them Here.

The Kitless contest, is here to push your abilities to the edge. The spirit of the contest is to leave the restrictions of purchased parts behind and break open your creativity.

Your kitless entry may be any style writing implement. Fountain pen, ballpoint pen, pencil……etc. That is for you to decide.

There are no restrictions on tools or techniques or raw materials. Everything is allowed as long as you are the one doing the work. Even CNC and 3D printing is permitted, as long as you are the one who created the drawing, the files and the code to create the part. Any material or blank may be used as long as you identify where it came from. In other words, you can use a custom poured pen blank, as long as you identify who it came from.

You are encouraged to make as many of the parts for your entry as possible. It is understood, that some parts, require such specialized skills and machinery, that it is only practical to purchase them commercially. These include the following

  • Fountain pen triplet (nib, feed and housing)
  • Ball point twist or click mechanism.
  • Fountain pen converters, sacs or pressure bars.
  • Ballpoint and Rollerball refills
  • Metal tubing
  • Any required springs

Although I strongly urge everyone to try making there own, I have decided to allow commercial clips to be used.
Only if you really have to.

All other components must be produced by you. No parts, other than those listed above, may cannibalized from either pen kits or commercial pens.​

At the time of voting, it will be highly stressed, that your entries be judged based on
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Fit and Finish
  • And of course, looks. We all like a pretty pen!
All entries must be new creations. This means, that they have never been displayed, discussed or previewed in any forum, social media or exposition. If you have any questions or doubt about your entries qualification, please feel free to contact me.

To Enter:

Submit your entry by email to: "Kitless@penturners.org" and include the following with your entry:

  • Name, IAP Username, email address,
  • A short statement that clearly explains what YOU did to make the pen. Any special features should be explained to ensure they don't get overlooked by the voters. Also identify any parts and materials not created by you such as custom pen blanks.
  • 3 pictures of your pen
    • Consider a photograph size of 800 x 600 as ideal. The contest chair reserves the right to resize photographs or slightly crop them to achieve a consistent image size.
    • You may use a, commercially available, clear plastic pen stand as a prop.
    • No other props are allowed.
    • Use a single-colored, plain background. The color and intensity of the background affects the highlights of your pen. The background should let your pen stand out, not interfere with it.
    • No montages, watermarks, or any other identifying marks that might reveal the identity of the maker.
Contest entries will be accepted beginning on February 1, 2020 and will be open until Sunday Feb. 16th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Entries will be limited to a maximum of 2 per member.


Do not post your entry in this thread

Prizes:

First –Diamond blanks form McKenzie Penworks -$100
Second - Prize package from Exotic blanks -$50 and a gift certificate from Alumilite -$30
Third - Blanks from Bob F -$40

If you have any questions you may post them here or PM me.

Good Luck.
 
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Carl Pepka

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The competition is heating up. We have 4 entries, and they look fantastic.

Let’s get some more of those get pieces in here.
Mine are finished, just need to photo them. Ordered a light box and it didn't work, hopefully the replacement will arrive or I'll have to make due.
 

darrin1200

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I can’t wait to see them Carl.

I am in the market for a new light box. I was looking at one Sunday night, figured I’d sleep on it. It said there were only 3 left, but they always say that. Low and behold, first thing in the morning i go to order, and its out of stock.
I had chose that one because of a personal recommendation from a friend. I guess I will have to start comparing again.
 

Carl Pepka

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I can’t wait to see them Carl.

I am in the market for a new light box. I was looking at one Sunday night, figured I’d sleep on it. It said there were only 3 left, but they always say that. Low and behold, first thing in the morning i go to order, and its out of stock.
I had chose that one because of a personal recommendation from a friend. I guess I will have to start comparing again.
I gave up on waiting for the light box and did the best I could on my photos, entries sent, thanks, Darrin.
 

darrin1200

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We are in the last 30 minutes before the deadline. So far we have an even dozen, fantastic entries.
I’m off to bed but will honour emails received in time.
This is getting exciting.
 
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