Pen Experiment

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Project by chucklandry posted 04-05-2009 01:09 PM 1452 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

Been a while since I posted but I have been a pen making fool! I learned how to put logos on a pen and suddenly found myself facing an order for nearly 20 pens. Once I completed that I got back to experimenting again, hence the “Black Widow” pen. As for the Sheriff pens, well they are customers of my “real job” so while I was in the logo mode I made the Sheriff and Chief Deputy each a pen. The Sheriff’s pen is Bocote and deer horn. Not only did I learn how to correctly apply the waterslide decals but along the way I think I finally learned how to properly apply the CA finish. It was a frustrating path to say the least but none the less I think I got it. Now if I could only learn to photograph!!!

Hope you like,

-- Chuck, Breaux Bridge, LA

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 02:22 PM

Wow, very nice. Looks like you have niche going on. I can see where the logo making could get really tiresome. Care to share your process? I completely understand if you don’t – but like others I’m curious how you made them. Nice execution and finish – professional job.
Doug in AZ.

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 02:41 PM

Nice looking pen.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 05:22 PM

these are nice…

do you think you could do a block on the decal process? with pictures or a video when you get some time…I would really like to see how you did that…

I like the 3rd pen…well I like all of them…lol…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 05:33 PM

I used Russ Fairfield’s tutorial for learning how to apply a CA/BLO finish and found it very easy to learn. The turtorial is available in the Library of the IAP (

I think your finish looks good, looks to me like you have the hang of it.

The decals look good as well. I find the Sheriff’s pen a little easier to read over the Deputy pen. Both look great though.

congrats on the sales as well!

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 02:04 AM

Great looking pens. I would like to learn how you did the decal process.

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 02:08 AM

Great looking pens. But since everyone else wants to know about the decal process, I’ll ask too…..............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 04-06-2009 12:58 PM

Thank you for the compliments. For those of you interested in the decal process, check out this link:
Kerux’s process is the process I follow but I have learned a couple things along the way however, so I will share them with you so hopefully you don’t repeat my mistakes and loose hair like I did:
1. The blank can have NO curvature AT ALL meaning from the center ring area to the cap as the decals can only bend one way. Try to keep your decals short or short enough to fit on the flat area of the blank.
2. The blank must be very smooth and shiny before applying the decal. Fill any grain in wood completely with CA before applying the decal.
3. Dark wood will not work well as the ink on the decal is not bright enough to over power the wood color.
4. Do not spray too much clear on your decal sheets or they will be too stiff.
5. Do not spray too little clear on the decals or your ink will rub off while you place it. I typically apply two coats.
6. Printing tips: print in draft format on paper and try it for size before printing on your decal paper, print along the bottom of the page first and work your way up and you will waste less. This way you can use the entire sheet
7. If it appears that the edge of the decal is not completely secured don’t put CA on top of it, you will only be disappointed with the finish product, trust me, start over!
8. I use medium CA over the decal and spray accelerant on it each time. Be sure to rub off the residue from the accelerant each time, or you’ll be disappointed when the paper towel instantly sticks to your blank, trust me!
9. If you are like me and do not have a printer at home and you are printing them somewhere else, print about five or six of each decal you intend to use or you will go to bed disappointed or you will be making another trip to the office!
10. A printer cannot print white. Areas that appear white on your logo will be whatever color your blank is.
Hope this helps some of you and as I perfect it more I will update this post!

-- Chuck, Breaux Bridge, LA

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