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· James Daschel
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Hi everyone, haven't made very many pens in a while but I figured I'd get some orders out of the way on sunday.
First is a red pine cone rollerball postable atrax
2nd is a purple clicker pen. The pics turned out dark, it looks must more purple and better in person.


Let me know what you think :smile:
 

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That's very cool. The first one reminds me a little of the way the knots radiate in Norfolk Island pine turnings. If you don't mind sharing, just how do you do that? Surely a pine cone doesn't have enough solid wood in the middle to pull this off.
 

· James Daschel
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That's very cool. The first one reminds me a little of the way the knots radiate in Norfolk Island pine turnings. If you don't mind sharing, just how do you do that? Surely a pine cone doesn't have enough solid wood in the middle to pull this off.
No problem, I cast a pine cone in resin. Using a pressure pot.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/how-i-make-my-cast-pen-blanks-47869/

Here is the link to how I cast my wood, but the pine cone is about the same process.
 

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At the risk of sounding stupid (I have no choice :), you use a pressure pot? I would have assumed you draw a vacuum to suck the air out of the casting and let it get displaced by the resin. Do I have it completely backward?
 

· James Daschel
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At the risk of sounding stupid (I have no choice :), you use a pressure pot? I would have assumed you draw a vacuum to suck the air out of the casting and let it get displaced by the resin. Do I have it completely backward?
No, they use a vacuum for stabilizing wood, which is a different resin.

The reason I use pressure is forces the bubbles to be almost microscopic. And it forces the resin into all the nooks and crannies of the blank.
 

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do you sell blanks? My wife won't let me buy any more toys for the time being but I would love to try a pine cone blank. Of course then I would have to find a good reason because I have a ton of blanks waiting to be turned. uniqueness? sure i'll try that, so do you sell the blanks?
 

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I sell them for 8 dollars each on forums or $11 on ebay. (plus shipping) I have a whole bunch of colors. If you want just PM me with what colors you want and how many then, I will give you a total and my paypal address to send money to.
(I hope I am not breaking any forums rules)
 

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