Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

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Bill Bell
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Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

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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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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".

Adam Savage
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

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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?

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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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I'd think pen blanks might be harder to work with than the source material whatever that is.

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Alan Tobler
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Re: Pen blanks for rosette or other inlay?

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

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

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