"Mo Money" Pens...

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Project by billculpepper posted 01-08-2011 01:16 AM 1609 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These pens were made using acrylic blanks filled will shredded U.S. currency. I made 7 of them for an executive document signing between my company and a partner company. The pens were well received and added a fun touch to the event, representing the value of the contract we were embarking on.

I tried to include higher res photos so you can see the currency inside the blanks.

Though acrylic, these pens need to be finished with CA glue and polished as you would a wood pen because the money shards can be felt in the freshly turned blank and will get dirty (hand oils) with use if not finished. I normally use 10 coats of thin CA and polish to 12,000 grit, then diamond wheel buffer and muslin buffer most of my pens to remove all scratches possible.

It’s been a few months since these were given and I’m pleased to say when we meet they usually still have the pen on them! I’ve never sold any of my items, only gifted, so it’s neat to see them being used.

To make the blanks I shredded $100 bills and cast the shreds in acrylic molds. (Just kidding – I got the blanks on-line from Woodturningz. uses de-comissioned currency but it’s pretty “clean” looking). I have cast a few pens, though. Fun but time consuming. Will try and post those soon.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 05:22 AM

I think you did a stunning job.
Nothing beats seeing something you made actually being used by another person. Such a good feeling.

-- Theresa,

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