Cleaning CA Glue off your bushings

I don’t know why this was so hard to get information on when I first started, but it was! So writing a short post dedicated to the topic. Whether you use non-stick bushings or not, you will end up with CA glue all over your bushings — the main point of the non-stick bushings itContinue reading “Cleaning CA Glue off your bushings”

CA Glue: BSI Odorless vs Mercury Flex

Previously my recommendation was BSI odorless, because it was working sufficiently well for me, and I appreciated the “odorless” aspect, even though the same personal protective equipment is still recommended, because it reduced the chance of problems. Recently however I got a chance to try Mercury flex, and I am now a committed Mercury fan.Continue reading “CA Glue: BSI Odorless vs Mercury Flex”

Sanding a Polymer Clay Pen

If you’re making polymer clay pens you’re probably very experienced at sanding polymer clay, but sanding pens requires some new methods. Not experienced at finishing polymer clay, or feel like you could use some help with something that will be handled as much as a pen? I can’t recommend Ginger’s Sanding and Buffing e-book stronglyContinue reading “Sanding a Polymer Clay Pen”

Finishing a Polymer Clay Pen with CA Glue

There are many techniques for applying CA glue and I’ve tried most of them. I will show you how to do the one I’ve found to be most consistently effective. If you haven’t already read my article on the prep work for applying CA glue to polymer clay pens, start there. The rest of thisContinue reading “Finishing a Polymer Clay Pen with CA Glue”

Prep work for applying CA glue to polymer clay pens

Getting the right hardware You need to apply CA with a lathe or other spin-creating tool (see my articles on cordless and lock-on drills for lathe alternatives). And since your barrels will be spinning, you will need a threaded rod and nuts to keep them held firmly and moving around with the drill. If youContinue reading “Prep work for applying CA glue to polymer clay pens”

CA Glue Basics

Pen makers can use “CA” glue to finish their pen barrels, and works regardless of whether your pen barrels are wood, acrylic, or polymer clay. It even works fine with many standard polymer clay surface treatments. CA glue is sometimes called Superglue or Crazyglue, but those are both specific brand names. “CA” comes from “Cyanoacrylate”Continue reading “CA Glue Basics”