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 →

CA Glue Safety: Natural Materials

One little-discussed risk around CA glue is the fact that it will cause an exothermic reaction (heat/fire) when it comes into contact with natural materials like cotton, leather, wool, etc. — which includes things like your jeans, T-shirt, paper towels, etc. The reaction can be fast, and depending on the amount, you could burn yourself... Continue Reading →

CA Glue Safety: Fumes

CA glue can irritate your eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, because the fumes are a vaporized form of the CA itself and they react instantly with the moisture in your body just like they do with moisture on a surface or from a CA accelerant. About 1 in 20 people will also eventually become sensitized... Continue Reading →

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 →

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