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    Four Shredded Canadian .................

    Currency blanks that I cast in Polyester Resin and turned into 4 Sierra ballpoints for a local tax accounting firm.

    Les





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    Canada (and Australia) has much prettier currency than the US. Makes for a great-looking pen, too.
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    The money makes a good looking pen barrel. It looks great as a pen.

    If you chop up the money and cast it into a pen blank, then turn it on a lathe, why don't you have paper "edges" to fight? It seems like where ever your lathe tool cut across a paper edge that you would have a "crack" the thickness of the paper. All of your paper pieces play nice and lay there with the flat side towards the outside of the finished barrel. Do you do Voo Doo or what? I don't see how you could anticipate where the cut would be in order to place the paper while making the blank.

    Enjoy,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    The money makes a good looking pen barrel. It looks great as a pen.

    If you chop up the money and cast it into a pen blank, then turn it on a lathe, why don't you have paper "edges" to fight? It seems like where ever your lathe tool cut across a paper edge that you would have a "crack" the thickness of the paper. All of your paper pieces play nice and lay there with the flat side towards the outside of the finished barrel. Do you do Voo Doo or what? I don't see how you could anticipate where the cut would be in order to place the paper while making the blank.

    Enjoy,

    JimB
    Jim,
    No Voo-Doo involved,

    1. Spread the shredded money out on a piece of glass
    2. Sand a Sierra tube with 320 grit
    3. Install a snug fitting dowel in one end of the tube
    4. Spray the tube with Elmer's spray adhesive
    5. Roll the tube through the shredded money applying pressure with the palm of the hand
    6. Spray the money covered tube with Elmer's spray adhesive and roll through shredded money
    7. Repeat #5 & #6 until the brass tube no longer shows through the shredded money
    8. Remove the dowel and trim the ends flush with the tube
    9. Saturate the shredded money with Thin CA
    10. Let dry over night
    11. Snip any loose shredded money ends the may be sticking up around the blank
    12. Cast in Resin Saver Mold using Polyester Resin

    Les
    Last edited by Les Elm; 03-15-2012 at 12:23 AM.
    Innovation is the process that renews something that already exists and not, as is commonly assumed, the introduction of something new.

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    Cool looking pens Les. Thanks for the tutorial.
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    Pretty pens and a great how to Les!..

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