First Acrylic Pen

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Project by FloridaArt posted 06-08-2013 01:25 AM 910 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2013—This is my first pen turned from an acrylic blank. The pen kit is called “Elegant Sierra Two-Toned Copper Pen Kit Style B”. The pen kit and blank came from a friendly on-line store I discovered called Bear Tooth Woods.

I used a carbide-tipped tool to rough it out, then followed with a mini roughing tool, followed by a mini scraper. Then sand paper down to 1200 grit. Then 0000 steel wool. Finish is a couple of coats of Briwax.

Since I’m new at pen turning, all tips, tricks, and suggestions eagerly accepted! :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 01:32 AM

Good looking pen Art

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 02:21 AM

I have used and liked Micro-Mesh for polishing and finishing acrylic. It goes to 12,000 grit and needs no other finish.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 02:25 AM

Very nice Art.

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 02:49 AM

Nice pen Art. I see you are now branching out. Not just BSboxes anymore. Lathe work can be addictive.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 03:03 AM

Wow! What a beautiful pen Art! Love it!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Eric in Florida.

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 03:21 AM

Wow, nice job Art.
That really looks great !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 03:53 AM

Looks you have got the pen making down pretty good Art…very nice. You will soon be a pro at pen making the way you are at BS boxes

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 09:09 AM

Very nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 11:01 AM

I will second the recommendation for the micromesh pads. I think I got them at Penn State industries. 12 grits from 600 to 12000, so you have to use other paper to get to 600, then you use these pads. They make it shine so bright it looks like you’ve got finish on it. Nice looking pen!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#10 posted 06-08-2013 12:03 PM

Yup, 3rd the micromesh deal… Very nice pen, Art

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 06-08-2013 04:00 PM

Art, that’s a good looking pen. Acrylics are like Lay’s potato chips… one ain’t enough. Roger, Tim & Donna are right about the micro mesh. One thing I do is when I have a blank that is translucent, I will paint the tube. Just my 2

-- Rick

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