This is clay, and your second attempt???Scott Thanks for starting this thread,I`ve been folowing it with great interest. I`ll send you a bill for the new hobby expense.:biggrin:
Hope you don`t mind but here is my first pc pen after about two other failures.
Comments and recommendations welcome.
I use a scraper for 90% of the stuff I turn. Well not for PC. I use my skew, and it's the one material I get perfect cuts with on the skew. So yeah. Try your skew. :wink:well, just tried turning some, it was too soft and came apart everywhere it was folded over-also very hard to knead that stuff!
Nice job with the Christmas canes!OK well I've done it, made my first Poly Pen. Quite happy with the results. It was made with generic Polymer Clay from the $2 shop what has a fairly matte finish. I wanted a Christmas theme, and also wanted to do as little finishing as possible out of the oven.
Thanks again for the inspiration guys, or I may never have tried.
With a Skinner blend background -- great job!To a degree yes. I made the background, cured the piece in the oven, then carved the design. Once the design is carved I backfilled with raw cobalt blue and cured the piece in the oven again. Once it was cooled I put it back on the lathe and turned it back to the original shape. Finished with CA.
Now is the time to go. In our area Premo is 4 for 5 bucks. Great time to stock up.I think I'm going to have to take a trip to Michaels
Thanks a ton Cathy Sue, I needed a confidence builder and that did the trick.You guys are building one terribly interesting thread. I think I'm going to have to take a trip to Michaels.
My favorite ones seen in this thread are . . . shoot! How can I pick from these beauties. Papaturner came out with a stunning pen that looked as good to me as some of PR Princess' PR.
PaulD, fascinating work! Geez, what a great new way to go! Thank you all a bunch!
Thanks for the nice comments Sue. Here's some that haven't been shown here yetPaulD, fascinating work! Geez, what a great new way to go! Thank you all a bunch!
Nice job Smokey. Looks like you got a little pink from the red clay mixed into your white. That happens when you don't really clean off your hands, pasta machine and any other tools between working with the various colors. Red is notorious for mixing into where it doesn't belong. Soap and water for the hands and at least paper towel for the tools is generally adequate, although many swear by handwipes.Okay, I'm in. Here is my first attempt at a PC pen. It is just a simple candy cane design just to familiarize myself with the process. There are a couple mistakes but I think it came out pretty well considering I was just winging it. Picture taken with my cell phone so it is not the best, not that I could do much better with my digital.
And they are fun to do!! What I like about the Mokume is that there is no right or wrong. You stack different colors, add in inclusions, and slice. With each slice you get something different then the last.Mokume ganes are by far the best selling polymer pens I have done
I've only had that happen once and its when I forgot to apply CA to the brass properly. I knew it was a sloppy job when I inserted the brass in the PC blank and thought I would get away with it. I didn't. The only other thing I can think of was that the clay might not have been cured properly, but it sounds like you turned the clay successfully on the lathe which is where that failure would normally appear. Any chance the fitting just wasn't lined up quite right before you applied insertion pressure?When i put my fittings in they cracked. How can i stop it from cracking? Any ideas?
Good luck on the next try. Its always a shame to be that close to being done when the unexpected happens. I do a lot with painted pens too and I occasionally lose them after they are painted and into the final CA process -- I've lost some really nice paintings that way.No it was a wall street II. I baked the tubes inside. it turned really goood. It did not feel to tight when inserting the fitting. i will have to try again.
Thanks Paul, actually I think that what you are seeing is the red showing through the translucent. I did however get just the slightest amount of red in there too but not as much as appears in the photo. I did wash my hands twice before going from working the red to the translucent and still got a touch of pink. Might have to go the handwipe route next time I work with the red. Another thing I just thought of; work the light/other color first and the red last. That should help, I would think.Nice job Smokey. Looks like you got a little pink from the red clay mixed into your white. That happens when you don't really clean off your hands, pasta machine and any other tools between working with the various colors. Red is notorious for mixing into where it doesn't belong. Soap and water for the hands and at least paper towel for the tools is generally adequate, although many swear by handwipes.
Emphasis on the SMALL pieces when shading. It takes very little of a different color to dramatically shade the base color of clay. You can always add more, but you can't take it away. As mentioned earlier, I like Dotty McMillan's books and I know Michaels always has them in stock and I believe I've seen them at Hobby Lobby too. The project books are also good when you get past the basics and want to explore special looks.There is only one type of translucent and that is translucent. You can alter the look by adding other colors, inks, and inclusions. It doesn't take alot to shade the translucent clay so start with small pieces and work your way up.