Antler Day 2

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Cwalker935

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The real reason behind my antler binge is that the boss, Lida, told me that I needed to make some more antler pens. As always, I jump to please my wife (especially when she tells me to do something that is fun). I have used up most of my stock of antler. I did mostly bolt actions but decided to try some antler on a skull kit to simulate bone.

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PBorowick

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Those are wonderful looking pens! I have antler pens to make for Christmas presents this year so those are a great inspiration.

I have not seen antler with a skull kit before and it looks great! Very fitting I believe.

What is your finish process on them if you don't mind me asking?
 

Cwalker935

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Those are wonderful looking pens! I have antler pens to make for Christmas presents this year so those are a great inspiration.

I have not seen antler with a skull kit before and it looks great! Very fitting I believe.

What is your finish process on them if you don't mind me asking?
After turning, I sand with 400 grit and then use Pens Plus friction polish. If I have one with porous pith, I put some CA on 220 grit sandpaper and slurry sand to fill the voids. Once the voids are filled, I sand with 400 grit and then finish with pens plus.
 

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After turning, I sand with 400 grit and then use Pens Plus friction polish. If I have one with porous pith, I put some CA on 220 grit sandpaper and slurry sand to fill the voids. Once the voids are filled, I sand with 400 grit and then finish with pens plus.
If you have never turned antler, use dust control and wear a respirator, antler dust is hazardous.
 

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Thank you for the information!
Yes, I am well prepared for the dust control.
Thank you for the reminder though, it never hurts to keep safety in mind.
Although it definitely hurts when you don't!
 
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