Autumn Custom Fountain Pen

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magpens

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Bonza, mate !!! . Congratulations !!

Pretty nice job there, Brad !!! . I really like the section done in the same material as the rest ... especially in THAT material ... it's beautiful !!!

You have also done a fine job on the clip !!! . (and the photography !!)
 

Ironwood

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Thanks Mal, glad you like it mate.
The clips are a work in progress, I change it a little on every one I make, trying to get something I like.
 

PFMan

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wow!! Beautiful pen!!

and you did a really good job with the clip!

Just cut a piece of steel and shape it?

Jordi
 

Ironwood

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wow!! Beautiful pen!!

and you did a really good job with the clip!

Just cut a piece of steel and shape it?

Jordi
Thanks Jordi.
I use old hose clamps for my clips. This one came off a 500mm air cooling duct. The stainless steel band is 1.1mm thick and 22mm wide, so I get plenty of clips out of one clamp.
I use a a 1mm disc on my angle grinder to cut out the shape. Then files, sandpaper and buffing wheel to finish off.
I find this thickness is a bit too stiff, I prefer the springiness of clamps around 0.9mm thick. These thick ones give the clip a substantial look though. I have been experimenting with narrower clips to try and get some springiness in these thicker clamps. I am still trying to find something I am happy with.
 

howsitwork

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beautiful all round. Especially the polished and curved clip. Do you make the clip like a commercial one with a centre hole or with a spigot to inset ? Stunning result either way .

Ian
 

PenHog

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Super nice, of course!

I'm curious: did you think about using a gold-colored metal for the clip and nib? Would seem to fit the autumn color scheme (just my own personal, novice opinion).
 

Ironwood

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beautiful all round. Especially the polished and curved clip. Do you make the clip like a commercial one with a centre hole or with a spigot to inset ? Stunning result either way .

Ian
Thanks Ian.
I shape the clip so it has a ring on the end that goes into the cap. I drill a 9mm hole to suit the finial.
 

Ironwood

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Super nice, of course!

I'm curious: did you think about using a gold-colored metal for the clip and nib? Would seem to fit the autumn color scheme (just my own personal, novice opinion).
Thanks BH.
I make my clips out of stainless steel, so they are all silver. I guess gold might blend with the resin colours a bit better, but I don’t have any gold to work with.
 

Ironwood

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I'm still not fully onboard with the square crop thing for instagram, I usually take my pen photos so they fill most of the frame, and theres no room to crop them to square afterwards.
So I took some more pics this morning to suit the square format. I used a flash in a softbox directly above the pen.
The original photos were taken in my lightbox.

These photos are now on my instagram page.
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Ironwood

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Here are a couple of pics cropped to 16:9 using the same lighting.
I think I prefer viewing with this crop rather than square. What do you think ?

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