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    First time...

    So for a while now blank casting has been something I've been looking at. Grabbed a kit from CSUSA a while back and didn't do anything with it. EBay had a Pearl-Ex 32ct sample pack for about $20 that came home with me. Last night, with the help of some IAP guys, Les Elm and Mack Cameron, I made my own blank! It's a take-off of a Alchemy style, but I didnít want to copy it directly. Some other colors were added to the bronze so I didnít feel like a bozo. Mesa kit from Woodturningz, polished to 1200 and renwax'd. Plenty of flaws...air bubbles and the copper was reacting really fast and it could have been mixed earlier. Live and learn! Gonna carry this one for a while To quote my wife..."you're going to be insufferably proud of yourself for at least a week...maybe I can use it after that" I told her "no" I have one more blank left
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    Looks good to me. You had access to some awesome teachers also. I have the fix'ns but haven't tried pen blanks yet. I don't have the coloring. I've just done clear so far.
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    ha bud looking good from here.Now if only you would get them pics a little lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Bellinger View Post
    ha bud looking good from here.Now if only you would get them pics a little lighter.
    Welcome back young man!! I dropped my big light and had to use the little one...hides my boo boos. Still looks better in person..IMHO
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    Sounds like you did yourself proud Jim!
    Well done for you first go at it.


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    Hi,

    Those colors look good enough to eat. The pens are beautiful!

    Enjoy,

    Jim

    About 50 years ago when I would see a beautiful color I would say, "Gee that looks good enough to eat." It didn't matter if the object was a flower, a car or a piece of plastic.

    I used that expression for many years---until (you knew this was coming didn't you?)

    I had a very pretty lady in the exam chair. She was a bit on the buxom side and was wearing a fantastic colored wool sweater. Well I looked down and you know what I said.

    Enjoy,

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    Looks great from here. Jim.

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    ...Well I looked down and you know what I said...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Looks great from here. Jim.



    Better A? [flip-flip] Or B?



    Sweeeeeeeet pen Jim. Good job. The only casting I have done is when I made the Fruit loop pen and Twizzler pen.
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    It sure looks good to me I'd love to carry that pen
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