Egg shell pen

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plantman

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This is the pen I entered in the Tube on Casting contest. I am not sure what kit it was as there were no markings on the bag. Only modifacation I made to the original kit was to loose the large center band and replace it with a narrow gold ring. The pen itself was made by drilling, tubeing, and turning a pair of maple dowels down to a little smaller than my finished diameter. Next I applied the broken egg shells that I had prepared by soaking in bleach overnight, and set the blanks aside to dry for 24 hours. Soaking removes any bacteria that may remain after hard boiling, and whitens the shells. I filed and sanded any rough spots on the blanks, and used alcohol inks to achieve the color I wanted. Lightly sanded again to bring back some variants in tones. Cast my blanks in resin and turned to finished size, sanded, and polished with One-Step. I am not a photo nut, so the pics really do not do justice to the pen's finish. Looks like the Tortoise Shell from the old pens. Jim S
 

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That's a great idea and excellent execution Jim. Tortoise shell is what I thought it was mimicking. It must have been pain staking to glue each piece of shell to the blank!?
 

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That's a great idea and excellent execution Jim. Tortoise shell is what I thought it was mimicking. It must have been pain staking to glue each piece of shell to the blank!?

I would compare this project to advanced segmenting, requires a small amount of materials, but a large amount of your time to complete. Every piece of shell you apply to the blanks must be broked down again, once it is glued, in order to fit the round shape. No super glue can be used to speed up the process. I could only do one blank at a sitting without going blind. Thankyou for your comments!! Jim S
 
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That's "eggsactly" what thinking outside the box/carton means. :smile-big:
I like your ingenuity. It is a great pen.
And you can have egg salad sandwiches for lunch.
gordon
 

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Probably like you Jim.
I Cracked up with all the Egg Comments.
Excellent Idea and Exercution, sound like a lot of work.
Great Finish on the Blank.
I am not Yolking, Very Well Done.
Brian.
 
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