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”

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 sureContinue reading “Basic pen making terms”

Translating Pen Turning Terms into Polymer Clay

Much of the information online about pen turning is confusing because it’s difficult to sort out what actually applies to making polymer clay pens and what doesn’t. Do I need a lathe? No. I have posts here about how to use a drill to finish pens, and you can even just sand them by handContinue reading “Translating Pen Turning Terms into Polymer Clay”

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”