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Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

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Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby Bill Bell » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:07 pm

I was at a small local woodshop today and they sell plastic pen blanks of all imagineable colors and patterns. I was wondering if anyone had ever experimented with creating a tiled rosette or other inlay using this or similar materials?
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby Michael Lewis » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:38 am

Apply your imagination and let's see what you come up with. In the realm of art there are no real barriers or limits, but one rule I remember is "if it looks good it is".
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby Adam Savage » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:01 am

What a fabulous idea. If some manufacturers use ground up stone, shell blanks, wood, metal, then I cant imagine any reason that an acrylic pen blank wouldnt work (so long as a suitable adhesive is found).
Hmmm, I now have more ideas for my first home-build acoustic....

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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby Mario Proulx » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:00 pm

Be aware that some plastics can shrink with time, and not all plastics will accept a finish.

In the very least, test for finish compatibility before going further.
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby David King » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:46 pm

I'd think pen blanks might be harder to work with than the source material whatever that is.
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby Alan Tobler » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:16 pm

It's a great idea. Woodcraft stores carry a lot of acrylic pen blanks.
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

Postby Bill Bell » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:50 pm

Thanks, I believe the material is acrylic which is the same stuff used for position markers etc.
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