Wednesday, February 13, 2019

3d printed parts for pen turning

I printed jaws for my low profile vise  and a dust collector hood that will fit on my lathe with magnets The vise heads are single side but the v groove matches as it was the only groove file I could find but it will do the job Cant wait to fit up the dust collector head with my  vaccuum (actually I have a real dust collector unit I've never used for 15 years )  will be nice to have the shavings cleared as I work

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Looking for a particular drill press vise for Pen turning

At the Pen turning class they had a particular drill press vise that was perfect. I currently have the lee valley version of the holder for the pen blanks and it works but not a fan.  Its a self centering pen vise and its really tall
I pin it down with a c lamp on the drill press  
but at the class we used a heavier lower profile vise which I found easier to use 
an Irwin Record 414 drill press vice - had but out of stock for now - I like this as easy large  screw and it nice an heavy to hold on the drill press 
but I have something from  Princess auto that is a lower profile I got  for making resin  rings  
so I think I will  print the jaws that have a v-groove in and attach to this low profile for now 
found these on thingiverse - and I can modify 
have the v-groove to hold the pen blanks

love having the 3d printer 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lee Valley Pen Turning Classes

I have not turned a pen I think in about 10 years - took a class back when  with Lee Valley  in their morningside branch.   On Feb 5th  taking two classes at their Vaugh location as  a tune up to start turning pens again as now I have the 3d printer and resin casting to work into it. 

Class one in the morning was making the european pen - remembering all the things we need to do - the blank I used was very light and pock marked and I really did not do a great job on it
but to tell the truth would rather make as many mistakes as 
possible so that I can ask questions on how to fix or get better at turning.

In the afternoon we did a baron fountain pen and got a dark wood this time and loved it.  A bit more intricate to assemble but a nice pen.

I have all the tools (I needed a drill bit for my Sierra blanks and some finishing  sealer/wax and some glue ) cant wait for the weather to warm up from all this nasty cold and ice 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Homemade Wink of stella

Making home made what is called wink of stella these pens are sort of sparkle pens and I use the clear on everything cost is around 10.00 per pen At the last crop my table mate  said there was a you tube on how to make at home and I found it and I had all the materials at home The most important is mica powder and I had bottles of pearl ex mixed with alcohol and water and some gum Arabic as a binder and voila I filled old wink of stella pens (I never throw out as I thought to use as water brushes) and the home made works just as well as the store bought . The pearled macro pearl is what I am using for the clear runs about 14.00 cdn if not cheaper plus dollar store alcohol (next time using high alcohol content like 99 with water or straight 50% ) and gum Arabic I'll have to work out the proportions but it's how I mix a bit of this and that but made up a small container of each color . Hardly used up the pearled powder cant tell the difference

3D Printer

I purchased the Creality  CR-10  3d printer on  Amazon  - I am in love

Took about an hour to set up - it comes in three pieces - the base - the gantry and the machine - pretty simple set up 

I printed the white add on piece that converts it from micro sd to sd card holder - the actual  micro to sd converter is from amazon 

I just find it amazing how it prints 

3d printed staff head

staff head together and ready to be painted

bottom of head 


I just had to try this  - its printed in 2 pieces  but its called Gandalf's staff head

3d printed Baby Groot

Soon as I saw this wanted to make - had to wait for my filament wood color to come in and then learn how to change colors on the 3d printer

just starting to print

partially printed print complete

 final painted piece