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Humongous

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Got to work on some pens in the shop and like the way these turned out.

First is segmented with Maple and purple heart with a copper/brass/copper spacer. I was hoping for more contrast between the different metals but overall happy with the result.

Second is a blue dyed maple. I wanted to try dyeing and found these Dr ph martens watercolors around the house. Really happy with the color evenness and saturation into the maple. I tried some waterproof inks and didn't like the result, ended up turning it off to try this.

Both are PSI designer kits

Thanks for looking, comments and critiques welcome.


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I like them both, but the segmented pen in particular. Nice proportions of the segments and I think the different metals works very well - I hadn’t thought of that. No issues with drilling? I’ve only used aluminum (1 layer) with epoxy and had occasional issues with them separating while drilling.
 

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I like them both, but the segmented pen in particular. Nice proportions of the segments and I think the different metals works very well - I hadn’t thought of that. No issues with drilling? I’ve only used aluminum (1 layer) with epoxy and had occasional issues with them separating while drilling.
Thank you, I did have some issues. I started with a 7mm brad point and drilled about 1/4" in to establish a good center. I then switched to sharp standard bits and worked up to the 7mm with 2 smaller sizes. It still broke apart a couple times. Once I had it to the correct size I put painters tape over the end and put in some thin CA taped the other end and shook it around for a while. Dumped out the excess and let dry then glued in the tube. I've done the thin CA on all segmented blanks since I saw a member here recommend it, I think it was @John Eldeen , Haven't had a blow out on the lathe since.
 

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I like both of your pens, Ken.
How long did you leave between colouring the blue one and applying the finish?
Alan
Thank you. Since it was a water based color, I let it spin on the lathe for about 5 min then sit for around an hour. Then 3 coats of thin and 4 coats of medium.
 

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An excellent Duet! The segmented one is very attractive. The separation in the metals is subtle as you noted, but just just noticeable enough to give another visual element. Well done. 👍 👏

And the blue is very vibrant and looks almost like an acrylic. Beautiful finish.
 

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Two very nice looking pens for sure, but what's up with the refill protruding beyond the end of the tip? Was it just not retracted fully, or was the pen a bit short for the refill?

Len
 

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Two very nice looking pens for sure, but what's up with the refill protruding beyond the end of the tip? Was it just not retracted fully, or was the pen a bit short for the refill?

Len
Thanks Len. I just checked the pen and it does fully retract. I didn't notice that in the photo, just a case of operator error. 😳
 

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Awesome job on both pens! I want to experiment with dyes. Did you mix the dye with anything? How many coats? Did you sand after dying? Thanks,
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Awesome job on both pens! I want to experiment with dyes. Did you mix the dye with anything? How many coats? Did you sand after dying? Thanks,
Jeff
Thanks. I just put the water color on a folded paper towel and wiped it on until I got the coverage that I liked. This stuff covered really well so I guess it's just one coat, let dry, no sanding then finish. It was a lot easier than I expected.
 

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Thanks. I just put the water color on a folded paper towel and wiped it on until I got the coverage that I liked. This stuff covered really well so I guess it's just one coat, let dry, no sanding then finish. It was a lot easier than I expected.
Nice. I'm totally going to try it.
 
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