This time they are Mark. The picture with the black background is giving off shadows. I put a caliper to the parts at 8.58mm and took the blanks to 8.7mm. Wanted just a tad more meat but looks good in hand.Looking nice. I'll repeat, your profile is very nice.
Can't tell from the picture, but are the nib and finial matches with the blanks smooth and paired? If not, as suggested previously, depend on calipers to measure the components and blank vs bushings and blank. (I suspect you know this).
Very nice! Now do a modified slimline with the center band!
That's cool! Yea I may try a ca finish one day but I really do prefer the nice wood finish. I use wipeon poly alot and may try it on a pen one day. The only downfall to poly is the cure times.Looks good! My second pen was purple heart for my wife as well.
Super glue (CA) is a good finish option, too, because it gets shiny and is very durable. It takes a while to figure out the technique though.
Mark James used poly on a pen he made for me in a PITH one time, which I liked because it shows more of the texture of the wood. I still need to try it out for myself though...
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Thanks Jim. Yea I've started another one. Stood here in the shop for 45 mins trying to decide on a finish with what I had. I did a couple christmas ornaments a couple weeks back and used Watco wipeon gloss poly and they turned out nice. This stuff takes 4 hrs to dry but thats not a problem for me. Will see how it works out for the pen. Wish me luck. LolVery nice. I can see the improve,ents in the fit compared to your first pen.
I have used wipe on poly on several pens. I like it better than CA but it does take a long t8me to cure. I always waited 24 hours between coats.
He sure got the purple out. Torching a piece of wood that thin is pretty tricky. I could see spots where he burned too much. I can torch but it would be iffy. Lol My wife actually likes the color it came out as it looks closer to pink, her favorite color of course. Lol Thanks for the links!looks nice. One trick to purpleheart is using heat to bring out the color. Too much heat will turn it black, and way too much heat will burn down your shop, so use some caution. There are also a lot of different opinions on using sunlight.
Here is the video that I learned this trick from (RJB has a lot of good beginner videos):
Also, here is a good article about color changing of wood: