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08-10-2010 02:00 AM

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Just wondering what you guys use to keep the tube from showing through some of the more translucent acrylic blanks, I am aware of using a magic marker but what about when it is a lighter color such as a light blue? or pink?

thanks in advance for your help

Robert


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#1 posted 08-10-2010 11:49 AM

I don’t seem to have any problem’s with them. You might be turning the pens down to thin. If the tubes are brass like the ones I use. I would think it would add to the design.

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 02:51 PM

Not an elegant solution, but I have just painted the brass tubes prior to epoxying them in the blanks. With the tubes thoroughly roughed up prior to applying a thin coat of enamel it seems to work fine; no separation of tubes from blanks in pens made over a decade ago…

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 02:46 AM

Besides painting them , you can find colored tubes for most of the popular kits .

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 02:40 PM

Thanks for your suggestions gentlemen,

4 thumbs, do you use spray paint?

Jerry, where might one find colored tubes, I have never seen them?

Robert

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 03:02 PM

Colored tubes(white) at Woodcraft & PenState too I believe. My most often used fix.
Spray paint works. You can paint either the tubes or the hole.
Markers can work too.
Can also put pigment in epoxy.

You’re not turning them too thin, you’re just using blanks that are semi-transparent. Some blanks I won’t buy because of this (Woodcraft-Strawberry, for instance).

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 03:29 PM

Great info, Thank you all for your time.

Robert

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 02:17 AM

Robert

Rance already mentioned a few , another place is http://www.arizonasilhouette.com/Berea_Hardwoods_Pen_Kit_Brass_Tubes.htm

Also Craft Supplies USA has a product called “Chameleon Pen tubes ” http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/store/Pen_Making___Pen_Components___Chameleon_Pen_Tubes___chameleon_tube?Args=

If you haven’t done so already sign up for their email specails , they have some nice discounts at times .

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 02:19 AM

Did a double tap .

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 10:09 AM

All good info, thanks ya’ll

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 12:53 PM

Some people spray.
Some people use Q-Tips or an acid brush.
Any enamel will do. Lot’s of folks swear by Testor’s from any hobby shop. Lot’s of colors and the small amunts won’t break the bank for small jobs.
Some people paint the inside of the blank, some the tube, some both.
Some mix the color with epoxy glue.
There is more than one video on YouTube about painting pen blanks.

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