Weekly update: Year 2 week 46: Broken bits and ebonite

* pen making

Yes that is a pm1 blank that was used to make that pen, no I don’t have any more. I should have some pm4, pm warm tone and pm cool tone, the cool tone is my favourite. But on to pm1, this is the [cap on](https://i.imgur.com/Wbbpvs7.jpg) and the [cap off](https://i.imgur.com/ZskgNi6.jpg) . This is a customer order who wanted a pen with a satin finish on the section and a gloss cap and barrel. I think it looks quite good on this one but normally I wouldn’t like to mix finishes.

Another client pen was a solid green ebonite pen with a silver roll stop. [Here it is](https://i.imgur.com/5E8H09k.jpg) in a very bad photo getting the roll stop glued on. Apart from the blunting of the tools and the [dust](https://i.imgur.com/6k4GTdw.jpg) as well as the overall [mess](https://i.imgur.com/MZipYuM.jpg) I really like working with ebonite. It turns well and even when just [off the lathe](https://i.imgur.com/kYclyHO.jpg) it can look [pretty](https://i.imgur.com/zBETsAi.jpg). This is the [smallest](https://i.imgur.com/aCcYglA.jpg) pen I have made, here it is [capped](https://i.imgur.com/HNGkh9h.jpg) . The client also wanted it to be able to post, that is something I am very rusty with if I am honest. I think this one actually came out pretty [well](https://i.imgur.com/T3TH6Bt.jpg).

So the above job had me thinking. What other materials can I stretch to go that thin without something going wrong. i.e. the material warping during making it. Or things breaking. The thinner a material gets the weaker it is obviously. So I am going to try and make very similar pens to that one with a bunch of different materials. I started with acrylic, this is quite brittle so when it gets too thin it shattered when you are threading it. [Guess](https://i.imgur.com/MWuvAEB.jpg) what [happened](https://i.imgur.com/tVi10Rh.jpg). That was when I put the tools down and gave up for the day then came up to write this.

A short one today, have a good week guys.

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