Pen making update Y2 Wk28: insert title here

* Pen making

This is going to be a quick update today, I have some bits and pieces that need doing and sundays are not really good for me. I am trying a few things in the workshop. I have attempted to make an attachment to add the functionality of putting the dremel on the tool post of my lathe. [This]( is the first attempt. In theory it will work, I need some way of putting a 2nd set of bolts to grip the dremel to stop the lateral movement turning. I also need to affix something better to get it into the tool post. I am going to think it over when I am at work in the week and see if I can come up with something. I might change the material that it is made of. Steel is a git to work with.

The other experiment I started was doing contrasting coloured rings either side of an ink window. I am using kirinite pearl blanks because they look awesome and I have some pink ones laying around. With the pocket pen last week I managed to fit the entire barrel into my small clamp so I could just turn some tenons and drill some holes for glueing. With a full size pen I can’t put it in the clamp for the epoxy glue to set. So to keep the pressure applied while the glue sets I had to think of a way around, so until I get a bigger clamp this is the plan. I put a thread on the tenon and drilled hole, I then trapped the rings between the threaded parts. We will see if this survives turning later on in the week. [Here]( is what it looks like right now.

The last experiment is filling some engraving with some resin filling it. So the engraving went ok. I need to make sure the carving is quite deep so that the branches of the engraving come out well. I also need to reduce the amount of resin I use to filling it as sanding down the excess makes it loose detail. You can see the result [here](

One last thing, I polished up the wink window on the pocket pen. [Check it out](

As usual feel free to give feedback or suggestions in the comments. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and stay safe.

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