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KenB259

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The problems I had with my previous attempts definitely had to do with gluing the parts on with CA. This one, I used clear nail polish as glue. Pen is again a Citizen.
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Kenny Durrant

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Well Done. If I remember correctly you said you were using Alumilite Clear Slow. The Urethane Resins don’t like CA. Plus CA reflects light under the clear resin witch I can’t stand. Looks like you’ve found your niche. Awesome Pen.
 

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Well Done. If I remember correctly you said you were using Alumilite Clear Slow. The Urethane Resins don’t like CA. Plus CA reflects light under the clear resin witch I can’t stand. Looks like you’ve found your niche. Awesome Pen.
Yes it’s aluminite clear slow.
 

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Awesome pen indeed! Truly excellent work. I'm curious, are you actually rounding real gears there, and gluing them to the copper-colored substrate?
 

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Awesome pen indeed! Truly excellent work. I'm curious, are you actually rounding real gears there, and gluing them to the copper-colored substrate?
Yes bending them using a Harbor Freight arbor press and transfer punches.
 

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That's fantastic! Was also wondering how you put that all together. Is that a sheet of something you wrapped around the tube? From previous comments, I'm guessing CA is not what you used to hold the gears on there before pouring the blanks?
 

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Yes bending them using a Harbor Freight arbor press and transfer punches.
Ah, interesting! Sounds like meticulous work. I've seen some clockwork blanks before, prices in the range of $160 or so... They had quite a few gears, and if each one has to be manually curved to fit the blank, I can see why they cost that much.
 

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That's fantastic! Was also wondering how you put that all together. Is that a sheet of something you wrapped around the tube? From previous comments, I'm guessing CA is not what you used to hold the gears on there before pouring the blanks?
I wrap the tube with Cricut permanent vinyl, comes in many colors, I prefer the ones with texture and used clear nail polish for glue, then cast them with Aiuminite resin.
 

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Ah, interesting! Sounds like meticulous work. I've seen some clockwork blanks before, prices in the range of $160 or so... They had quite a few gears, and if each one has to be manually curved to fit the blank, I can see why they cost that much.
I have a dapping block coming, that should come in handy for making these. I made one from a piece of oak, but the gears get stuck when bending. It works, but I think a steel one will work better.
 

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That is one darn nice pen! I'll skip the obvious superb components/gears, ;) and compliment the background copper/embellished foil - sweet, and really gives a nice tapestry for the additional elements.

Ken, this is getting to a higher level. Well done! Be well.

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