Here is my first leather pen- capped on each end with white tail antler. Glued with CA then finished with thin CA. Sanded with 400 and No polishing except with 4/0 steel wool. Constructive criticism encouraged!
Tony - regarding the process.Nothing to criticize. Would love to know the process. Nice work!
Thank you..very done!Tony - regarding the process.
1 I cut 3/4' discs using a leather punch and then using a 3/8" punch punched out the center of each. Using med CA I stacked them on a tube (this was an executive) and had two white tail segments drilled at 3/8 for the tube and used them with a clamp to compress the leather until dry. Then soaked the leather with thin CA and turned the pen - sharp skew! after turning the leather was softened up some so I put some more thin CA on it, turned it lightly again and then burnished the leather using 4/0 steel wool. I think that was a cool way to finish!
Did you have trouble turning it with the varied sizes and no CA on it? Seems like it would be tough to cut?Beautiful job, Keith. I especially like the antler pieces top and bottom. I'm going to have to copy that with my next ones. I followed a process very similar to yours. Instead of stamping out the 3/4" pieces, I just cut pieces off scraps of leather of all shapes. Most were in the 3/4-1" range. Then I punched the center hole like you did. I glued mine with Locktite Go2 CA glue. I did not put any CA finish on them before I started turning since I had ragged edges. I turned it round, then to the size I desired, then put 3-4 coats of thin CA on it. Sanded it lightly. Then put on 3-6 more coats of thin CA. Really fun to turn.
Surprisingly it was very easy to turn round. I just took light cuts just like I would with any jagged piece of wood. There was a certain amount of turning air until it got round. Surprisingly, it seemed to sharpen my gouge as I turned it like it was stropping the gouge.Did you have trouble turning it with the varied sizes and no CA on it? Seems like it would be tough to cut?