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Pen Making

Friday, March 5, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z
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1. Material & Pen Kit Selection, Drilling Techniques (Wood & Acrylics) 

·        Pen Kit Selection

      o   Taiwan vs China

      o   Single barrel / two barrel pens

·        Wood – stabilized / non-stabilized

·        Acrylic – polyester, acrylic acetate, Alumilite clear, Alumilite White

·        Drilling – Bladecote, Colt Drill Bits, Norseman Drill Bits

      o   Acrylics

            §  Polyester

            §  Acrylic Acetate

            §  Alumilite Clear / Hybrid

            §  Alumilite White Blanks

      o   Wood

            §  Stabilized vs Non-stabilized

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Casting Pen Blanks
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1. Mold Selection & Clear Casting – No Pressure Pot

•    Silicone Molds vs HDPE – high-density polyethylene – high strength to density ratio

•    Tube-in silicone molds vs DogBone / DinoBone

      o    Leaks – plugs 

      o    Silicone Molds are tube specific / DogBone accommodates all     sizes.

      o    Stackable

      o    Cast-A-Blanka System

•    Polyester resin – no pressure pot 

•    Label casting (Fuente labels)

      o    Wrap tube & cast it / demold

      o    Turn & finish a polyester blank with a negative rake carbide tool

Saturday, March 6, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z
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1. Material & Pen Kit Selection, Drilling Techniques (Wood & Acrylics) 

·        Pen Kit Selection

      o   Taiwan vs China

      o   Single barrel / two barrel pens

·        Wood – stabilized / non-stabilized

·        Acrylic – polyester, acrylic acetate, Alumilite clear, Alumilite White

·        Drilling – Bladecote, Colt Drill Bits, Norseman Drill Bits

      o   Acrylics

            §  Polyester

            §  Acrylic Acetate

            §  Alumilite Clear / Hybrid

            §  Alumilite White Blanks

      o   Wood

            §  Stabilized vs Non-stabilized

- EST
Casting Pen Blanks
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1. Mold Selection & Clear Casting – No Pressure Pot

•    Silicone Molds vs HDPE – high-density polyethylene – high strength to density ratio

•    Tube-in silicone molds vs DogBone / DinoBone

      o    Leaks – plugs 

      o    Silicone Molds are tube specific / DogBone accommodates all     sizes.

      o    Stackable

      o    Cast-A-Blanka System

•    Polyester resin – no pressure pot 

•    Label casting (Fuente labels)

      o    Wrap tube & cast it / demold

      o    Turn & finish a polyester blank with a negative rake carbide tool

Friday, March 12, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z - Step 2 Gluing
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2. Gluing Issues 

·        When to use CA Glue vs Epoxy Glue

·        Gluing acrylics – 5 minute epoxy

·        Painting tubes –  

      o   When to paint and what type of paint – When In doubt paint it! 

      o   What type of glue to use

·        CA Glue, 5 minute Epoxy, Wood, Acrylic – Painting tubes

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Casting Pen Blanks
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2. Clear Label Casting Alumilite Resins & New UV Curing Resin

•    Alumilite Clear & Clear Slow Resins

•    Making Colored Blanks

      o    Mold Release – Stoner / Wax Mold Release / Ultra 4 Mold Release

      o    Alumilite Dyes & Casting Pigments

      o    Block Mold Casting ( shredded credit cards)

•    Turn & finish an Alumilite blank 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z - Step 2 Gluing
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2. Gluing Issues 

·        When to use CA Glue vs Epoxy Glue

·        Gluing acrylics – 5 minute epoxy

·        Painting tubes –  

      o   When to paint and what type of paint – When In doubt paint it! 

      o   What type of glue to use

·        CA Glue, 5 minute Epoxy, Wood, Acrylic – Painting tubes

- EST
Casting Pen Blanks
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2. Clear Label Casting Alumilite Resins & New UV Curing Resin

•    Alumilite Clear & Clear Slow Resins

•    Making Colored Blanks

      o    Mold Release – Stoner / Wax Mold Release / Ultra 4 Mold Release

      o    Alumilite Dyes & Casting Pigments

      o    Block Mold Casting ( shredded credit cards)

•    Turn & finish an Alumilite blank 

Friday, March 19, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z - Step 3 Squaring
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3. Squaring Your Pen Blank

·        Barrel Trimmer Set

      o   When not to use

·        Squaring Jig – demonstrate 5in. Benchtop Disc Sander

·        Turning Tool Selection & Demonstration

      o   High Speed Steel  

      o   Carbide

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Casting Pen Blanks
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3. Making Hybrid Burl Pen Blanks & Stabilizing Wood

•    Material Selection

      o    Stabilized vs non-stabilized material

      o    Stabilizing Your Wood for hybrid blanks

      o    Mold Selection – single / multiple channels / block

      o    Securing burl to mold

•    Casting your Hybrid

•    Tool Selection 

•    Turning & Finishing a hybrid pen blank

Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z - Step 3 Squaring
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3. Squaring Your Pen Blank

·        Barrel Trimmer Set

      o   When not to use

·        Squaring Jig – demonstrate 5in. Benchtop Disc Sander

·        Turning Tool Selection & Demonstration

      o   High Speed Steel  

      o   Carbide

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Casting Pen Blanks
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3. Making Hybrid Burl Pen Blanks & Stabilizing Wood

•    Material Selection

      o    Stabilized vs non-stabilized material

      o    Stabilizing Your Wood for hybrid blanks

      o    Mold Selection – single / multiple channels / block

      o    Securing burl to mold

•    Casting your Hybrid

•    Tool Selection 

•    Turning & Finishing a hybrid pen blank

Friday, March 26, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z - Final Step
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4. Turning, Sanding, Finishing & Assembling Your Pen Blank

·        Turning Acrylic Blanks

      o   What Tools to use

      o   Polyester

      o   Acrylic Acetate / Alumilite

·        Turning Wood Blanks

      o   What tools to use

      o   Stabilized Blank

      o   Non-Stabilized Blank

·        Sanding & Finishing Wood Blanks

      o   Friction Finish

      o   CA Glue Finish

·        Assembling your pen blank

      o   Dis-assembling you pen blank

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Casting Pen Blanks
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4. Making Color Pen Blanks

•    Resin Selection

      o    Alumilite Clear or Alumilite White

      o    Polyester Resin

      o    Best dyes to color resin

•    Mold Selection 

•    Turning Alumilite clear resin vs Alumilite White

•    Proper tool selection

•    Finishing techniques for each resin

Saturday, March 27, 2021

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Making Pens From A to Z - Final Step
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4. Turning, Sanding, Finishing & Assembling Your Pen Blank

·        Turning Acrylic Blanks

      o   What Tools to use

      o   Polyester

      o   Acrylic Acetate / Alumilite

·        Turning Wood Blanks

      o   What tools to use

      o   Stabilized Blank

      o   Non-Stabilized Blank

·        Sanding & Finishing Wood Blanks

      o   Friction Finish

      o   CA Glue Finish

·        Assembling your pen blank

      o   Dis-assembling you pen blank

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Casting Pen Blanks
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4. Making Color Pen Blanks

•    Resin Selection

      o    Alumilite Clear or Alumilite White

      o    Polyester Resin

      o    Best dyes to color resin

•    Mold Selection 

•    Turning Alumilite clear resin vs Alumilite White

•    Proper tool selection

•    Finishing techniques for each resin