You are exactly correct Sir Brian! But don't be so hard on botched pens before they are transformed into true art. Take this pen for example, done by a true noob who thought his screwdriver looked like a skew, it supposedly was splattered many times and actually is a compilation of 16 different attempts - all epic failures. However, he put on his big-boy pants and made a final go at it.That would be a good place for botched pens intended for other contests. Add an oops band and some aluminum flashing to fix that blown end, balance it with the same on the opposite end, maybe scroll some squiggles and glue some colored plastic between the two...and you've salvaged your entry!
p.s., Hi CREID!