Just something interesting.

October 31st, 2011

I’ve added yet another step to the production of the Colossus.  After polishing the pen I apply a quick layer of patina to the bronze and then, using a very fine polishing compound, hand rub the patina almost entirely off.  This leaves the bronze a slightly darker colour.  I do this so that as the patina of handling builds on the pen, the contrast isn’t as great, which makes the pen look better during the first stages of patina formation.

What I find interesting is how the pen looks after the patina application.  Since I’m polishing it back to an even appearance, I don’t have to make the patina flat and smooth, so it ends up having a very rustic look.  It reminds me a bit of the patterns produced on Japanese Bizen pottery.  It’s dappled in a range of colours from gunmetal grey to a deep copper colour.  I think I’ll make one to keep in this finish once I get through my waiting list.

And then fully polished

Something Colourful…

October 17th, 2011

Something interesting I made with a sample of marbled rubber I had.  It’s a pen with the same basic dimensions as a Nox, but with a large single tone Sheaffer nib, a polished finish, and a neat little inlay (a circle of bronze inside a circle of ebonite) on the blind cap end.  I’d originally intended it to be for me, but a customer saw it, wanted it, and after reminding myself that I’m in business to SELL pens, not to collect them, that was that.  I can always make myself another one…  and hide it.

This particular rubber is gone, but I have a green and black marbled rubber and a red/orange and black wood-grain rubber.  Price:  $550  + shipping.