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I have a customer who may be giving me a steady order for pens, but she wants them blue and I don't do acrylics (hate the smell) so here are several trials. From left to right: CraftSupplies Artisan dye blue 1 coat; 2 coats; food coloring; alcohol based ink. 2 on the left have 2 coats shellac/walnut oil/carnuba wax finish. 2 on the right the same followed by a coat of straight walnut oil. Wood is maple with a little curl.
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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...

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I really like the first two. They remind me of Denim. Of course I'm not the customer so...

The grain kind of gets lost in the last one, huh?

Also, I'd kind of wonder how well the color would wear after a lot of use.

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Looks good! I like those colors and those mechanisms look cool too.
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I like almost any type of coloring that allows interplay with the wood grain and the dye.

The first pen does that. Is the finish on the first pen all you're going to do? I'd like to see it finished with a good gloss on it.

The reason I like the grain to be a little dominant goes back to an order of pens I did for a Doctors staff. A few of the pens were acrylic. He point blank asked me (as only Dr.'s and Lawyers can) in a pointy question "what are these"? I told him what they were made of and his retort?

"If I had wanted plastic pens, I would have gone to the Drug store"
This is a statement that has stuck with me for 25 years +/-
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I like almost any type of coloring that allows interplay with the wood grain and the dye.

The first pen does that. Is the finish on the first pen all you're going to do? I'd like to see it finished with a good gloss on it.

The reason I like the grain to be a little dominant goes back to an order of pens I did for a Doctors staff. A few of the pens were acrylic. He point blank asked me (as only Dr.'s and Lawyers can) in a pointy question "what are these"? I told him what they were made of and his retort?

"If I had wanted plastic pens, I would have gone to the Drug store"
This is a statement that has stuck with me for 25 years +/-
Okie, Thanks for the feedback. The grain shows a little better in person than on the picture. These were all experiments...colorwise and finishwise I'm not sure what the final product will be. I personally don't like real glossy pens, especially when done with the CA finish, as to me it gives them too plastic a feel. As you like to see the wood, I like to feel it when I use the pen. I also will probably have to do a lot of these in a short period of time so the finish has to be quick to apply. For whatever reason, that first one did not polish/luster up as much as the second one did...not sure why. Will probably experiment a little more next week...big craft show this weekend.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice looking pens. Good luck with the customer. I hope they like them as much as I do.

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Those are great pens. How much is one if ordered ma'am? Also It reminds me of jeans.!!
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Kevin, you don't have enough posts for a private message so e-mail me for more info. [email protected]

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...

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