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It's not wood (but it is turned)

My wife gave me an acrylic pen blank as part of my anniversary gift ("silver hollow-ware" -- but it wasn't hollow so I had to drill it myself ). Last night I turned it, this morning took it through the micromesh and polish routine.

I think I prefer working with wood, but it was fun
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The pen looks nice, and I like it without a center band. Next time when you turn a translucent blank, I would suggest painting the inside of the blank before you glue the tube in. I have done this on my last few pens, and it makes a world of difference. Just make sure the color of the paint goes with the color of the blank.
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That's very nice. Nick how do you keep the paint from scratching while you insert it into the pen blank. Maybe that's not a problem it just seems to me that it might be. either that or the glue reacting with the paint. I know I can screw up just about anything so any advice would be helpful.
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Nice job. I've been wanting to try acryllic for a while, and this pen that you have turned just may push me to do it. Great work.

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Thanks everyone.

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... I would suggest painting the inside of the blank before you glue the tube in. I have done this on my last few pens, and it makes a world of difference. Just make sure the color of the paint goes with the color of the blank.
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Good idea. I think I'll do it for all acrylics, this one didn't actually look translucent till I'd turned it down quite a long way.

Do you paint the inside bore of the blank or the brass tube? I have seen white tubes for sale some place to save the extra step.

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It's not wood (but it is turned)

A friend of mine that helped me get started uses the chrome tubes for those type pens and also black for other colors.I just got some in the other day,can't wait to try em out.

PS I think that pen wood look better with the chrome tube,not saying it looks bad as is

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I paint tubes using spray can stuff from Walmarts. I put tubes on a dowel and paint appropiate color and let tubes dry at least a day. Some folks use q-tips to paint inside of the blank. CA glues sometimes eats the paint which is a real pain. Not much of a problem with epoxy glue.

I paint all tubes because it affects final color of pen. Learned the hardway on a red blank which looked orange with unpainted tube in daylight.

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Thanks everyone.

I like the idea of painting the inside of the blank using a q-tip, there's something delightfully low-tech about it

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Thanks everyone.

I like the idea of painting the inside of the blank using a q-tip, there's something delightfully low-tech about it
I spray the paint on a piece of cardboard and then take a q-tip and paint the inside of the blank. I use the spray cans from home depot. After the saint has dried, I haven't had any problems with the paint coming off. You will notice a world of difference when you start to paint the tubes. When you do one that is painted, post a picture for us.
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