I made these blanks at a demo on casting for my woodturning club last week. The blanks came out great. On the left is a cholla cactus in Alumilite Clear colored with Caster's Choice Emerald Green and Brilliant Blue. On the Right, the same formula with a Big Leaf Maple Burl. The second photo shows the completed pens - a Chrome and Upgrade Gold Ultra Cigar with the Cholla and a Jr. Harold in TiGold with the BLM burl. Sorry about the quality of the photos, still waiting for my new photo tent set up.