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Derek Lane21/06/2015 19:08:16
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I thought that I would have a go at casting some blanks for my own pens these are some of the results.

Main picture 4 Lock and Load pens with my attempt at casting 4 colours at the same time.

The three below are Stream line pens

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This was one that I had fun doing and is the Red, White and Blue. Fitted to a Sierra kit and a stylus kit

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Raymond Sanderson22/06/2015 08:25:31
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First thoughts "what the heck is Derek doing rambling on about fishing"

They look spot on Derek great colour mix. One area I won't be getting into, no room.

Derek Lane22/06/2015 19:47:11
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Ray I never thought that I would do it but have had some great fun producing these.

Steven23/06/2015 18:55:42
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You’ve made some nice looking pens Derek, I’ve not tried pen making before so just wondered do you buy pen-casting kits or do you buy a mould and casting resin separately? I have dabbled a bit with polyester casting resin also adding filler powders, not so much colour but marble and aluminium and your right its great fun.

There are some interesting looking photo-luminescent pigments available for resin, yet to try them. Here’s some info.

Hope I’m not straying slightly off topic with this.

Derek Lane23/06/2015 19:14:43
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I brought the resin and hardener along with some pigment, other things I made or found around the workshop and storage shed. Below is the kit I put together including the resin hardener pigment.

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Like those pigments look like great fun to use.

No not too far off topic Steven, as I was showing the cast blanks that I had made. Pen turning can also be a very slippery slope within woodturning.

Raymond Sanderson24/06/2015 00:07:50
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Great set up like your slab maker.

Derek Lane24/06/2015 14:58:47
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Posted by Raymond Sanderson on 24/06/2015 00:07:50:

Great set up like your slab maker.

That is all that is needed to make my blanks. The mould for the square slab/block is made from silicone sealer.

Alan Morris 407/07/2015 11:32:35
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Cool as always! I like the pen on the latest photo especially. Hm.., it's a realy good idea to collect pens. Oh, Raymond, I agree with you about great color mix!

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