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Not much to say about this one. Clay pen using the mokume gane technique. Zen components in chrome.
 

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I'm seeing more and more of the clay pen blanks. I have studied the process online and it looks pretty straightforward, but just as watching a pro golfer play and thinking you can do that yourself, execution is usually far from observation. How difficult was it for you to get into this process? It looks like it would have a lot of variety available with the different styles, but is it worth putting in the effort to learn?
 

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I'm seeing more and more of the clay pen blanks. I have studied the process online and it looks pretty straightforward, but just as watching a pro golfer play and thinking you can do that yourself, execution is usually far from observation. How difficult was it for you to get into this process? It looks like it would have a lot of variety available with the different styles, but is it worth putting in the effort to learn?
This mokume gane technique is very easy and inexpensive to try. Now I imagine the technique where you have to make canes and slice them off to apply takes more artistry than I have.
 

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I should add to this I have seen some videos where they try to roll the clay on the tube to the exact size and not turn it. I leave the clay oversized, bake it and then turn it down with carbide tools. I treat it just like resin and I have had no issues, that being said, this is only my second clay pen, but both turned out fine. Also both have been Zen pens with plenty of meat.
 

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I should add to this I have seen some videos where they try to roll the clay on the tube to the exact size and not turn it. I leave the clay oversized, bake it and then turn it down with carbide tools. I treat it just like resin and I have had no issues, that being said, this is only my second clay pen, but both turned out fine. Also both have been Zen pens with plenty of meat.
Thanks for the comments. If only your second one, you truly have a special talent!
 

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Hmm, this one made me think that PC would make a good damascus look, too. My wife started with it, but gave up a while back. There's a lot around. I may have to try this, too. Not sure what (if any) the shelf life is.
 

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Hmm, this one made me think that PC would make a good damascus look, too. My wife started with it, but gave up a while back. There's a lot around. I may have to try this, too. Not sure what (if any) the shelf life is.
Pure guess, but I would think as long as it's pliable, it would be okay.
 

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Your pens have brought my desire to forefront once again to try this on a specific pen design I wanted to do for some time now. It will have to wait some because I have way too many pens going at once right now but it gets the creative juices flowing. For just jumping in cold nice job. Who knows where it could lead. I see segmented designs in the future. ;)
 
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