Weekly update: Year 3 week 09: Rescues

* Pen making

Going to jump straight into the pen making stuff this week there will be some discussion on blank making and some other things a bit later on, but I know you are mainly here for this. I have tried a few things and done an amazing rescue.

So, what is new that I have done? Well I have had a commission to put a sleeve on a pen. I have never done this before successfully and so I had a bit of a think of how to do it. The last time I did it I messed up a bit, I put a tenon on the side where the section screws into the barrel. This time I switched that up and put it on the other side. You can see that [here](https://i.imgur.com/vCJ8VQk.jpg) I shaped the pen and assembled it ready to do some sanding, I am going to try and use minimal glue, I haven’t shaped the section yet but you will get the [idea](https://i.imgur.com/UIo1vJH.jpg) . The rest of the work I did is [here](https://i.imgur.com/p2EsyKI.jpg) this was all today, I didn’t do much yesterday will go into that later.

Now, on to the rescue. Some of you may know of a gentleman called Jonathan Brooks, he has a bit of a business in making some quite pretty pen blanks that people seem to like. So I have a few of those said blanks and well, I gone [fucked up](https://i.imgur.com/nDtafHQ.jpg). I don’t know how it happened the part I was cutting wasn’t poking too far out of the chuck, but something snagged and it [shattered](https://i.imgur.com/b4GAfMP.jpg). So I didn’t give up, I didn’t have much of that blank left but I had some clear. I cut a hold in the blank and put the usual cap thread in it which I think is 13 x 0.75, then I made a tenon on the clear part and threaded it with the matching thread. Cleaning the threads I put some two part epoxy on them and ended up with [this](https://i.imgur.com/G79Fj30.jpg). So I started turning down the pen and guess what. I shattered the end again because I am an [idiot](https://i.imgur.com/OIhyxsX.jpg) . I wasn’t going to give up though, I shaped it and I made the cap. Finally I ended up with [something useful](https://i.imgur.com/zRzLFL8.jpg), let’s hope I can do a good job polishing the internals.

Oh and considering I am clumsy, I have invested in a top of the line [first aid kit](https://i.imgur.com/xB4Vg0C.jpg), you know, just in case.

* Blanks

So I got some new resin and some new alcohol inks for a custom order of a pen which includes custom blanks. A lot of purple was involved, these are great fun to use as they are pretty translucent when they are mixed into the resin, so if you want something with depth it’s best to mix something coloured with them as well as something coloured with mica powder. So using these inks and the micas I already had I made [these](https://i.imgur.com/zYUcLXg.jpg) .

That’s not to say that I have stopped ordering in blanks. I still buy in a lot as you can see below:

[Jonathan Brooks](https://i.imgur.com/wRNxuxQ.jpg)

[Diamond Cast and vintage](https://i.imgur.com/rpcbXyb.jpg)

[363 blanks](https://i.imgur.com/p8dB3es.jpg)

[TQblanks](https://i.imgur.com/I74nWx6.jpg)

[Lava Explosion](https://i.imgur.com/zi0atMc.jpg)

* Mental Health and other stuff.

Ok, so I want to put this out there as I know it’s something that people tend to shy away from. If any of you suffer like I do from depression and are finding it difficult at times if you want to talk just drop me a message. You are not alone. If I can, I am more than happy to just talk and see if we can just talk things through. I had a pretty major episode on Friday and it wasn’t very nice, things just got on top of me. I think the trigger was finding out a package that I was expecting was stolen from my doorstep and its putting me out of pocket about £200. Not something I can really afford to soak but its looking like I have too.

Wow so that was a long one. I mean it though, any of you out there need someone to talk to just drop me a message, I won’t try and sell you any pens, promise.

Anways take care and stay safe.

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