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    One of my castings turned into a pen

    Hey folks I thought you might like to see one of my castings after being turned. I cast 5 of these the other day and sent 3 of them with the pen blank exchange we have going on. I kept 2 of the blanks for myself. This is a birthday gift for a friend of my wife and myself. I replaced the gold button on the top of the cap with one that I turned from the blank.

    These castings are a wood Alumalite resin blend and the finish on the pen is CA/BLO. I was really happy with this combo.

    Alan
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    Not half bad. Not bad at all. Good looking material and a very hansum pen. Great job.
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    Wow Allen, that's a pretty one. Great colors and the fit looks right on.

    Question: With the resin, are CA and/or BLO really necessary? Seems sorta like putting varnish on a window (particularly the BLO, since I wouldn't think it would penetrate the resin surface. I was talking to another turner at a show recently, and he said one of the main reasons he likes using stabilized blanks is so he can bypass the finishing steps. (He does 1 to 2 thousand pens a year.)
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    I like the look and the colors. The pens are turned a bit fat for my tastes. But, then, my tastes are not your tastes.
    Good question, Vaughn. Why finish a finish?
    And, I would like to know what stable solution that guy uses. Some still require something on them. I'm going to set up with the old stand-by of plexiglas dissolved in Acetone or MEC.

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    That is a gorgeous pen, Alan. Very nicely done.
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    The reason you finish the pen is because of the exposed wood. It is the same way for coffee bean and other food stuffs in pens. If it was a sold resin pen you would not need a finish of course.

    Far as the BLO I use it more as an accelerator than anything else. It is not a matter of penetration as much as a slow acting accelerator.

    I understand what you mean about shape. I generally shape a pen for what enhances a blank. On these styles of blanks I like them a little fatter. I have never really liked the Jr. Gents that are turned with straight sides. They just look odd to me. I also like a little fatter pen to write with.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Alan

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    Geat looking Writing Instrument Alan!
    Well done.
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    Thanks for the additional info, Alan. I didn't realize the BLO accelerated the CA. Are you doing the casting under a vacuum or pressure, or just at normal atmospheric pressure? I had always assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that in stabilized blanks done under pressure or vacuum, the resin penetrated the wood or other organic matter.

    I haven't spent any time on the pen forums researching this type of thing, so I'm sorry if these sound like ignorant questions. Thanks again.
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    Vaughn,

    I do the casting under pressure. I take my pot up to 120PSI which is high and I don't suggest any go that high, but I have found when I have molds packed tight that the extra pressure works better to penetrate the organic material and helps eliminate bubbles or pin holes.

    With the Alumilite it has about a 5 to 6 min. gel time so you have to work fast. Pressure has to be used. I think it is the best for mixed material blanks because of this fast set time.

    I am no expert but if I can answer any questions just ask. If I don't know that is what I will tell you.

    Thanks

    Alan.

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    That is a beauty Alan. Thanks for answering Vaughn because you answered my question. I didn't understand why you need a finish on resin.
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