Quality of life equipment upgrades for pen making

Got the basics purchased but interested in some ways to make penmaking easier by spending a bit of money? Here are some of my favorite tools. I do not get any commission from any links on my site, not even from Amazon. I am just sharing things I’ve found effective and helpful. Kits and TubesContinue reading “Quality of life equipment upgrades for pen making”

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 “Minimum Equipment to Make a Pen”

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 yourselfContinue reading “CA Glue Safety: Natural Materials”

CA Glue Safety: Protecting Surfaces

The strength of CA glue is that it will bond to anything — which is also its challenge. But there is a short list of things it doesn’t stick to — and most of them aren’t easy to find for surface protection. In general, particularly when you are using an activator, CA will be happyContinue reading “CA Glue Safety: Protecting Surfaces”

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 sensitizedContinue reading “CA Glue Safety: Fumes”

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”