|Project by Darell||posted 02-01-2012 06:52 PM||1404 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I recently finished my first bullet pen which included my first antler pen blank. Working with the antler was an interesting change. Aside from the smell it wasn’t bad. I used my EWT easy rougher to shape the blank, sanded, filled the pores with CA glue, sanded and polished some more and then added 6 coats of CA glue finish. It turned out pretty good I think. The next 3 shots are of a lazer cut pen I made for my wife for Christmas. It’s a hummingbird lazer cut blank on a Wall Street II click pen kit. The last is a lazer cut wood turners blank also on a Wall Street II click pen kit. Both are finished with CA. The hummingbird pen was a bit time consuming to put together especially since my finger dexterity isn’t all that good these days. The wood turners blank was a bit easier but it, too, had several small pieces. The caliper, especially, was an interesting piece to set in place as it had to be run, briefly, through a flame to soften it enough to stretch and snap it into place. It’s easier than it sounds though. While turning it I had a small chip out on the caliper so to fill that empty space I used a fine file and filed some aluminum shavings that I then forced into the hole and glued in place with thin CA. Then finished turning it and you can barely tell where it is. I wouldn’t want to make a career of making lazer cut pens but it was fun to do a couple. I’ll do more antler in the future but I’m thinking of finding a piece of camphor to turn to kill the smell of the antler. LOL
-- Darell, Norman, Ok.