White, Green & Teal Color Swirl With Pine Cone Embeds
Now using stabilized pine cones!!
Each blank is 100% unique, but the colors remain constant due to the extensive testing and documentation of specific color recipes. Standard pen blank sizes are 5″ x 3/4″ x 3/4″, and prices are per blank.
Fun Embeds-Pine Cones
One of the best parts of casting pen blanks is experimenting with different materials to embed in the casting. I use pine cones collected from my home town and around Lake Tahoe. The pine cone blanks have turned out to be a favorite blank design of both turners and pen lovers too. The interesting patterns that result from the resin filling the negative space between the pine cone branches is exquisite. These blanks always produce an excellent looking pen!
I recommend using a full CA or similar top coat finish on these blanks. You want to completely seal the pine cone parts for the best gloss finish. You can also use a little thin CA glue during turning, drilling, and squaring the ends to ensure there is no chipping the pine cone parts during milling. Now that the pine cones are being stabilized prior to casting, there should be minimal chipout if any at all.
Due to the many crevices within the pine cones that the resin can’t fill during casting, some air pockets may occur. No worries though, just fill with CA and they’ll disappear!
The Alumilite Advantage!
Alumilite is by far the best resin I’ve found for casting pen blanks. It’s a joy to turn, yet it polishes up to a high gloss. Finishing these blanks doesn’t get any simpler! Just sand it up to a high grit or use micro mesh pads, then finish it off with some plastic polish or on a buffing wheel.
GOOD BYE CHIPOUT!! Alumilite resin is not brittle like many of the mass produced or polyester resin blanks on the market. The blanks are cast under pressure to ensure there are no voids or trapped air bubbles in the resin.