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Project by MarkWilk posted 09-16-2008 12:50 AM 1194 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I have been envious of Kerux’s logo pens ever since his first post. I finally set about finding the decal paper and clear coat and time to try a few.

My first prototype taught me a valuable lesson. “Clear” doesn’t mean permeable, so the clear logo set onto unfinished stock is not going to let the finish seep through. I did a Polaris pen with my wife’s logos on it, but set the decals on unfinished Maple Burl. Lovely wood, just not very appealing.

The second prototype taugh me a second valuable lesson. CA doesn’t build up without allowing for drying time. I put three coats of CA on the stock of the second pen, but misjudged the amount of clearance that it allowed on top of the decal. My extra finishing ended up smudging the logo a bit. Notice the fractured “g.”

The final pen taught me the best lesson. Wives still don’t enjoy pens. I finished my wife a great cigar pen in Pink Ivory with her company logo. When I gave it to her, Kris’ only comment was “oh, how nice.” Then, the pen disappeared in a gigantic purse never to be seen again.

I’ll be doing more, but not for wives…

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/





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Steelmum

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 01:08 AM

Interesting process. I don’t think I have ever seen this before. Pretty cool and lots of possibilities.

-- Berta in NC

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tooldad

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#2 posted 09-16-2008 01:44 AM

wives? is that legal where you live :)

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David

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#3 posted 09-16-2008 03:38 AM

Mark -

Great looking pens and some interesting lessons about decals.

I posted a Decals for Woodworkers series on my blog. I think this is a great way to accent our work. I’ve used both white and clear decals with good success.

David
The Folding Rule

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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MarkWilk

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#4 posted 09-16-2008 03:55 AM

David – thanks for the comments and for a phenomenal blog entry about decals. Great work and a terrific blog. It’s on my list of favorites.

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/

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trifern

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#5 posted 09-16-2008 05:28 AM

Nice looking pens, Mark. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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David

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#6 posted 09-16-2008 05:44 AM

Mark -

One more for you to consider, especially if you are making logo pens with clear decals. I made a neckerchief slide for my son using a clear decal embedded in several layers of spray lacquer.
I am looking forward to more of your pens!

Click for details

David
The Folding Rule

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Kerux

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#7 posted 09-16-2008 07:01 AM

Hey,

I like what your are doing. Glad to see my blog helped someone out. Now, to get those pesky wives out of the way.. heh heh.

-- http://caledoniachurchofchrist.yolasite.com/

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MarkWilk

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#8 posted 09-16-2008 03:05 PM

Kerux – your blog rocks! My biggest problem is patience. I am so used to getting two or three pens started and finished in the same afternoon, that I rushed through the first two. Live and learn.

The logo pens are catching fire at work. Everyone wants one!

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/

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