I recently was at our local Woodcraft store and saw a pen they had up on the display board that was a deep, rich blue color that was nothing short of strikingly beautiful! I asked what the material was and where I could get some! The material is an acrylic called Invisavue
and they had the blue in stock so I grabbed a couple.
What I learned before I started turning was that I needed to slow the lathe down a bit, take small bites and make sure the tools are sharp! Okay, I can deal with that. Right off I figured everything they said about turning was going to be true as this stuff can melt on a drill bit or reaming tool.
I slowed the lathe, sharpened up my gouges and skew chisels and went in light. The first blank started to chatter on me with a small gouge so I backed off and stopped the lathe to look. Yep, small but not too deep divots all over the piece. Turn the lathe back on and increase speed just a bit and go in lightly with a larger gouge. Good thing I was wearing the face shield as that little gem came apart in many little blue pieces!
Second piece turned much easier using a scraper but it sure did take a while! I'm used to the regular acrylics taking up to 45 minutes to turn and finish to the final dimensions but this stuff was better than an hour for two pieces for the pen. While I'm happy with the end results I told Jake that if anybody else orders a pen with Invisavue we'll have to charge a premium just to try and recoup some of the labor involved. Still, a gorgeous pen was the end result.
Anybody else ever use the Invasavue and did you experience the same issues?
Blue Invisavue with Woodcraft Slim Style pen kit. We made this for a Rams fan who wanted the blue and gold combination.