Applying Clay to a Pen Barrel

The main considerations when applying your clay are: Preparing the barrelHeight relative to the rest of the pen hardwareAvoiding distortionSmoothing the barrel as much as possible before baking Preparing the barrel I don’t have a definitive answer on this. Some people say it’s critical to sand the barrel first — others say that’s only for... Continue Reading →

Troubleshooting Pen Making: CA Glue

Making a pen is a more technical process than much of what we do with polymer clay, so there are a lot of places where things can go wrong, particularly when you combine different materials and equipment. This article is much more complete thanks to the second half of this article on Toni Street’s website... Continue Reading →

Basic pen making terms

Like any other activity, pen makers have their own specialized terminology that can be confusing when you first start. Bands The piece of metal that goes between two parts of the pen — e.g., where a twist pen twists. You can get specialized bands engraved with various designs that fit specific pen kits; make sure... Continue Reading →

Minimum Equipment to Make a Pen

Unlike woodworkers, we’re unlikely to have any of the basics necessary to make a pen other than the clay, so here’s several levels of “what’s the minimum list of stuff I need to make a pen?” lists for buying the pen hardware, assembling the pen, making the barrel, baking the barrel, and finishing the barrels.... Continue Reading →

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 strongly... Continue Reading →

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