Black Titanium and Platinum Sierra with Dot Ebony

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Project by interpim posted 03-27-2010 07:55 PM 1233 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this out this morning…

It is a Sierra with black titanium and Platinum wrapped with a nice piece of Dot Ebony.

The finish is my favorite BLO/CA which IMO gives it the perfect shine.
I think my pictures are improving, but it’s obvious I need to build a light box and get away from using the flash, especially on these shiny pens.

Comments and Critiques are appreciated.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 10:44 PM

me like. Good job.

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 01:39 AM

Love the pen, and I also have alot to learn about taking better pictures. These are nice. How hard is the CA finish to do, and how many coats did it take?

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 02:13 AM

The BLO/CA finish is quite easy… I usually go to around 4 or 5 coats.

My application method for the BLO/CA finish is like this:

I first sand the blank down to 600 grit.
I roll up a blue shop towel to about a width of my thumb… I use this same towel, just different sections for each succeeding layer.

I apply all layers with the lathe at a fairly high speed… somewhere between 2500-3200 RPM.

The first application I do BLO only, and about 4-5 drops on the towel then rub it back and forth on the blank about 15-20 seconds.

the next layers are all the same…

I apply 1-2 drops of BLO onto a clean part of the towel, and in that small puddle, I put 2 drops of medium CA. I immediately start rubbing the blank back and forth very quickly for about 10-15 seconds.

Once I have a good layer built up I’m finished. I don’t sand any after applying the BLO/CA finish. I find the pen is plenty smooth, and if I try to sand at all, I burn the CA and have to sand it off and reapply.

-- San Diego, CA

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