Coffee bean pen blanks
Real coffee beans cast in cream acrylic. Blanks measure approx. 3/4" square by 5" long. Truly unique - a great gift idea for any coffee lover!
Soak the blank with thin CA glue before you start drilling or turning. This will harden the beans and help minimize the risk of blow outs. Continue to re-apply thin CA several times during the turning process. Here is some advice on turning and finishing from the maker of the blanks, Eugene Soto:
"The key to an even finish is proper sanding for these blanks. This is what I do. I turn with normal tool, just make sure they are sharp. About a "hair" before you are done turning and before you start sanding do this; with the lathe off, dribble a little bit of THIN CA on one barrel then use one of the small plastic bags for the pen parts and spread the CA by hand turning the lathe and moving the bag along the blank. (Try to not let the CA pile up at the ends bec then the bushings may stick). Do this to both barrels, then let the CA cure. Then turn to final size with very sharp tool and light cuts followed by dry sanding to about 600. This sanding session will remove most of the CA on the surface but the key is to seal the pores of the beans. Wipe the blank with a dry cloth to remove any loose dust particles then do the CA routine again and this time when you sand go up to 2000. Wipe the blank again and do the CA routine one more time, after this the pores will be sealed so this time go up to 12000. I always put a final CA finish on the coffee bean pens bec od its durability. A CA finish will reduce the aroma a bit but it will keep the beans sealed."
Price per blank in Canadian dollars.