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Old 01-14-2005, 01:22 AM
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I always do my best to nudge people outside their normal boundaries. And I think that a good challenge - a REALLY good challenge - should encourage folks to become intimate with the glass. Look at it with new eyes... Feel the movement of the glass through your fingertips... Learn to anticipate its reactions. In other words, dance the dance of glass

I spend way too much time alone here, which gives me WAY too much time to think up things to do. But sometimes, I don't really feel like embarking on the adventure alone. This is where YOU come in!

It's one month until Valentine's Day. That conjures up images of hearts, romance, chocolates and LOVE LETTERS! And what could be better for writing a love letter than a beautiful glass pen?

I've always been fascinated with writing instruments: I've even made quill pens from molted Cockatoo feathers, just for the heck of it (Thank you, Cosmo!). But the first time I saw a glass pen, I fell in love! Later, when I started playing with glass, I decided I would make a bunch of them. Well, that was much easier said than done, my friends!

I got the Glass Pen Kit from Arrow Springs and set to work. Ewwww. I had zero luck at all. I was very, very disappointed, to say the least. Now I'm ready to try again, and I'd like you all to join me!

The challenge begins immediately, and runs through the end of February. Why so long, you ask? Multiple reasons: First, you'll need to have the right kind of glass to make the pen nibs. Second, I suspect it will take many attempts before we will succeed. We're going to need that time!

And what exactly IS success? Simple: When you can make a pen that will allow you to write the phrase I LOVE YOU with one dip, you've done it! To complete the challenge, you will need to post an image of the pen itself, and the written phrase "I Love You" to this thread or the thread I designate at a later time.

Some of you may already have the ribbed glass that you'll need to get started. I encourage enthusiastic and numerous posts to this thread with questions, answers, sources, images and the like.

To get you started, here is a link to the Arrow Springs page with tips for making glass pens. Arrow Springs, of course, carries the ribbed cane you need for the nibs. As does CRLOO.

Also, here is a link to my pitiful posting about glass pens back in May of 2003.

And finally, a couple of images to spark your imagination...







Disclaimer: I have no idea where I got these images. They have been in my pen porn file for a long, long time...
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:43 AM
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Great challange, Tink!!!

I, too, have a pen fetish. When I lived in France I discovered a new plethora of writing utensils and have been hooked on strange and wonderful instruments of ink distribution ever since. Every time I go to Magazine Street I search for old fountain pens. I've been wanting to order a glass pen kit since I first discovered them, back before I ever had a torch! I've been melting glass for a year so I think I might finally be ready to tackle something the size of a pen. It's time to order some other stuff, anyway, so I'll jump on the bandwagon and try my hand at your challenge as soon as I can. Great pen porn, BTW!

Thanks, Tink!!!!
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Isn't there also a version where you add a ball point insert into the cane or is that jusy my wishful thinking?
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Isn't there also a version where you add a ball point insert into the cane or is that jusy my wishful thinking?
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Mona Gollan did a bead pen that will hold a bic pen insert. Hopefully she has expanded on this and will post a few pics. CC
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:13 AM
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Ahhh... But the point here (no pun intended) is to make the nib yourself.
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Ahhh... But the point here (no pun intended) is to make the nib yourself.

Great challenge Tink, thanks! Val
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:55 AM
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Am I gonna have to double dog dare you guys? 140 views and only ONE taker????? C'mon! You can do it!

Oh, and you'll also need some ink for dipping...
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Okay, Tink....I'm in too!!! I have a sick fascination with fountain pens and their ilk....so this sounds pretty cool!!! Off to Arrow Springs to do a little shopping!!!!
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Weeeeee!!!!!!! I'd like to find some clear ribbed cane. Maybe I need to shop, too. LOL!
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

I have the stuff for this challenge, so I'm in.

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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Is it hard to make your own ribbed cane for the nibs?

Do I get extra credit if I make my own?

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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Mary, I ADORE YOU! This is exactly in the spirit of the challenge!

Yes, Mary, you certainly MAY make your own ribbed cane! I'm sure you know how to do this, but for others who may like to try it, I'll just give my take on it.

I've made ribbed cane before by taking a board and hammering in several finishing nails in a circle. I then bend the nails out at an angle to make a quickie star mold of sorts. Get a big gather, the plunge it down in the center of the nail form, then pull it out into a cane.

Weeeeee!

Maybe I'll try to make my own, too. Mary, you get extra credit just for bringing this up!
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

OK, I like the create your own mold idea. That is more the way I like to work. I think I can picture what a ribbed cane is suppose to look like. Is it sort of like if I wrapped corduroy around a pencil? very fine wale of course.
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

The ribs run lengthwise on the cane. It's the valleys of the ribs that holds the ink. Gotta love capillary action!
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Re: Tink's Glass Pen Valentine Challenge!

Ok I love a good challenge. I am not sure I can do this but It sounds cool. I am off to call arrowsprings and place an order.

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