|Project by Brady||posted 03-16-2016 02:45 AM||545 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Here are some pens I made last week. I’ve been playing with acrylics and learning some new techniques.
The first two pictures are pens made from egg shells. At one of our markets, I asked Julio (the guy who makes omelets) to save his shells for me. I took the shells, dryed them out well and baked them in the oven to get rid of any of the egg that I didn’t want. I cast the eggs in acrylic around a pre-painted barrel. After turning and finishing this is what came out.
The third picture is from a bunch of scrap lumber (cherry, yellow heart, walnut, maple, pecan, hickory, purpleheart) that I glued together and made blanks from.
The fourth picture is a Victorian Fountain Pen that is a custom order for proud parents whose son has been accepted to Julliard. It is vintage sheet music cast around the barrel with a blue acrylic top that I cast.
The last one is my piece de resistance! I’ve had a steampunk pen kit sitting around for the better part of a year. I’ve looked at it many times and was waiting for the right inspiration to do something with it. I started by painting the barrel with iron paint then covering it with a rust patina. This gives it an old iron pipe look. Each of the watch parts was placed by hand with tweezers and superglue.
I then took this assembly and fit it into an old scrap piece of walnut with the most perfectly ugly knot (again, been looking at it for a year waiting for the right project). This entire assembly was then cast in acrylic, trimmed and turned on the lathe. This is what came out.
The inspiration came from either here at Lumberjocks or another site that I watch regularly. I wish I could find the original post. I get a lot of inspiration from all you experts on here and appreciate it very much. It keeps me striving for continued learning.
-- Brady, Texas, http://www.MonicaCharlesDesigns.com