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post #1 of 7 Old 01-18-2011, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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PSI Aquapearl blanks.

Jake got a pen order the other day and the gentleman wanted two pens made from spalted gold Aquapearl acrylic blanks we bought from Penn State. When we received them (I ordered three so I could have an extra) I could tell they would be gorgeous when we were done with them.

Before I go on, allow me to say that I have learned my lesson with the acrylics. I know to slow the drill press down and to take my time and keep the hole cleared of shavings and prevent heat build up, I know all this as does Jake.

Jake started to drill the first blank and when he got near the bottom it blew out on him. I started on the second one thinking maybe he just went to fast and I'll be darned if I didn't meet the same fate as him. I took the third one and slowed my progress way down taking very small bites and was able to make it through the third one just fine.

As for turning, the stuff turned quite well and polished up beautifully but it did take some time like most acrylics will. Still, I'm not so sure I'll be turning any more of the Aquapearl blanks any time soon!




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are the little white specs part of the blank or is that from the tool?
great pen, i like the look of acrylic pens
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The white specks on the finished pen is the 'sparkle' in the blank itself.

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Did you use water when drilling to keep the blank cool? Looks like they over heated. That and the bit may have been dull.
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Brand new bit as sharp as they can get and I did ensure we kept the bit/material cool. In the end it just takes smaller bites and keep the hole cleared at all times.

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The biggest help for me was to cut the blanks long, drill to the depth you need but DO NOT DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH, then cut off the end to expose the hole. That coupled with a couple drops of water before every plunge gave me much better results. Haven't blown one out since doing that. Hope it helps.
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I soak that material as I am drilling every plunge is dosed in water. I use a squirt bottle and pretty much keep it flowing as long as the bit is in contact with the blank. Never had a blow out.
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