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howsitwork

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Ask what others think. To me one of my pens in white resin looked awful due to this but some,people,liked it .
 

MRDucks2

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Been there, done that. Some pens it may not matter, I have done both yellow and orange colors as well as some black with gold that it was no big deal. Other colors it is a pain. The now presume the tube will show and ask if I am concerned before gluing the tubes in.
 

magpens

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The show-through is not that bad. . I have seen far worse.

I would suggest that you let it go and proceed with completing the pen ... maybe the recipient won't notice ... or won't mind if they do notice.
 

qquake

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I was going to use it with an Elegant Monarch pen in Blue Galaxy finish. So I'll use this one on a cheaper pen, and use the other half of this blank for the Monarch. Only this time I'll back paint it and paint the tube.

 

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qquake

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It's one of my favorite blanks. It's called Moonlit Ocean, and is from Woodcraft.

 

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PaulWitmer

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For almost all of the opaque acrylic blanks I use, I paint the tubes knowing that there is a good likelihood of the tube showing through. White usually helps out quite a bit, but I purchased a few other colors of spray paint and use them as needed on the tubes. I know many customers won't mind, but it always bothers me. The only time painted tubes won't help is with the very light colored blanks. For those I use white on the tubes.
Paul
 

JohnU

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That’s what I do when worry about blank transparency. I’ve even tinted the epoxy with casting dye while flying in the tube, as a 3 rd precaution. Some would say a bit overkill but sometimes the tube edge scratches the paint off the hole so the painted tube and epoxy were just the backup plan for success. 😬
 
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