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1shootist

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Hello friends !

I tried a new material (to me) this week and had fun making a couple of pens. Once I came to terms with "go slow and easy..this melts fast" I moved along fine with the material.
The first is all cellulose acetate, the cap, section and body. The second has a black ebonite cap with everything else being cellulose acetate, I had to fit some ebonite in here somewherešŸ˜
I used M14 x 1.0 single start tap & die for both caps and bodies, M10 x 1.0 for the sections.
Both are roughly 15mm width bodies (a wee less actually) and 16.75mm caps.
Both are around 149mm in length when closed/capped.
Both have Jowo #6 nibs.

These were fun to make and really easy to thread, just go slow and take your time doing so and adhere to wall thickness ratios, too thin and it crumbles. Sharp tools are a definite must. Sanding is weird, compared to other materials, it clogs the sandpaper super fast and yet seems as if very little is removed even though you are progessing along.

Thanks for looking. Any comments good or bad are always welcomed.
Russ
 

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magpens

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Nice work !!

Yes, working with cellulose acetate does require some different techniques and considerations.

But the results are well worth the extra time and care required.
 

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The pens look good Russ. It's been years since I turned cellulose material. You are correct about melting. Brings back memories of my pen making days. I think I used cooking oil to drill and cut threads. And soapy water to wet sand. I still have some, so maybe time to try again. Nice work on your pens. Keep them coming!
 

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The pens look good Russ. It's been years since I turned cellulose material. You are correct about melting. Brings back memories of my pen making days. I think I used cooking oil to drill and cut threads. And soapy water to wet sand. I still have some, so maybe time to try again. Nice work on your pens. Keep them coming!
Thanks Chuck!!

Yeah I wasnt paying attention and had the speed up to high, ended up with a hard as a rock cellulose rat tail for a keepsake .
I'm going to give the soapy water a go on the next one.,appreciate the tip!
 

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Very nice! Looks like the new acetate material from The Turners Workshop, it's neat to see it as a pen (rather than as a blank), thanks for sharing.
 
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