By far, My absolute favorite pen blank from rockler! A little hard to turn, but so are all acrylic blanks, just use a sharp/well maintained chisel and take your time and it turns out great, i used carnuba wax to polish when done, excellent shine and beauty
This blank took a high polish. Turning was a bit more demanding than wood or acrylic, because the tools must be wicked sharp or they would catch and tear out fracture chunks. Well worth the time, though! Will buy again.
Gave my grand daughter a steampunk pen for christmas. It was made with your Molten Metal Pen Blank. My wife and I were pleased with the look of the pen when finished and the ease of working with it. Best of all our Grand Daughter was thrilled with it. Thanks!
I have turned a few pens in my day, but nothing compares to the beauty of this blank. Granted, it is difficult to turn (need VERY SHARP tools) because it is very brittle. But the results are truly amazing. My new all time favorite. Get the larger one and make some stoppers.
The beauty is hidden on most of these acrylic blanks.once turned it really did look like a swirl of molten metal...great name. I also like that no two are ever alike, makes for interesting turning. I wet sanded and followed up with some car polish with a cleaner in it...then it REALLY came to life.
I love and hate this blank. It is very difficult to turn but when it comes out well it is a beautiful blank. These blanks have a tendency to explode just when they are almost turned to final dimensions. I have glued more than one together if I find all the pieces. With CA glue they can be salvaged if one is very careful. I have included a photo of one that turned out perfect. After the first failure I was very very careful turning this one and it worked. Dr. L.J. Hansen, Canyon View Studio, Santa Clara, Ut.
I had a little trouble with my first blank because I was in a rush. the second blank turned out beautifully and looked like the storm systems of Jupiter. When wet sanding acrylester you should gently sand because this type of plastic is softer than acrylic acetate and the grits will push away the plastic leaving grooves rather than remove most of the material with the grit. I find it a little harder to get the high gloss finish with this material but you can get there, it just takes a little more patience.
I have made a few pens with these blanks and I love the way they come out, when they come out. I hate working with the blanks, they chip, crack, and pit. I go slowly and sharpen my tool before starting, but they still present problems. That being said the blanks look great! when done, if they don't go bad.
Yes, this blank is very brittle. It will chip if you use a pen mill so sand the edges square. It also chips while turning so sharpen your tools first and crank up the speed after you round the blank. Truthfully this is the hardest acrylic blank I've turned yet, it didn't even turn well with my spindlemaster and that's a first, but the results are stunning after sanding to 12k, Novus, then the acrylic buffing system. The color swirl with sparkles is too cool. Why 3 stars? 1 for workability and 5 for end result.
I like the look, but overall, I don't like these blanks. I had trouble with excessive chipping that eventually ruined the pieces. I've worked with acrylic blanks before with much success. These blanks chipped all the time they were being turned and my tools were sharp.
Be very careful with these. I purchased 4 blanks. I set up my drill press to a speed of ~320 rpm. I proceded very slowly, raising and clearing the drill bit every 1/4" to 1/2" of depth. When I tried to use the appropriate end mill (with light pressure), to square the end of the blank, the blank broke apart into small and large pieces. I tried a second blank. Finished the drilling and went to cut it to length (I drilled a long blank to prevent "Blowout") and the blank broke into more small and large pieces.The blanks are brittle.