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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    update - it was the wood pegs/squares - https://www.kramerindustriesonline.com/product/hardwood-tumbling-media/ with the high polish paste - https://www.kramerindustriesonline.com/product/cream-finishing-compounds/ With an 8 hour run the acrylic is perfect, the ebonite is nearly there, and...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    Okay - so. I got my 3 test pieces back from Kramer. They didn't say what they used in the note, but the results are pretty good. The regular acrylic was very shiny. I'd be happy to send it to a customer. The ebonite was about 90% of the way there. Maybe more time in the bowl would get it...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    The corncob turned to dust without any water at all. I'm guessing it was just cheap stuff in no way meant for this. It was all compressed into little cylinders, and after half a day it was all dust. :/
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    I've never thought about waxing the parts. Not sure if that would be a good idea with fountain pens that get handled a lot.
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    Yeah I have the 5lb bowl from HF. Seems to work as well as my Burr King, but a lot louder. I might just be using the wrong additives, but the walnut shell I ran the other day only gave it a moderate shine. Not near enough to a mirror or almost mirror polish that I get with the buffing wheels.
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    I ran crushed walnut shells on its own and didn't see much shine. Would walnut plus corncob be any better? Thanks
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    So been running corncob bedding overnight, 14 or so hours so far - and VERY little difference from a matte finish. Will add a bit more polish to the bowls over the course of the day to see which one does better. The bedding might not be great though - it's mostly crumbled and turned to dust in...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    I'm going out today and will buy some corncob bedding on the way home. The sawdust left a nice matte finish.
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    Yeah if they show me I can spend $300 and get what I want, I'm happy to do it. It's the spending big money without knowing what will happen that I don't want to do. Update - the sand is just leaving a nice matte finish on the parts. There's a big difference between the two polishes I chose...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    Will try that if other things don't work out, thanks. I just sent each of my 3 materials to Kramer and they're going to test tumble in different medias with different polishing compounds to see what happens. I'll hear back from them in a few weeks. And right NOW I have each tumbler going with...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    That sounds pretty cool. Can you upload a pic here? The way the market is, if you don't show your face at shows, especially the bigger ones (DC, San Fran, LA) the people who would spread your name the most won't get to meet you and know you, and then talk about how cool you are and how...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    I've only been out of teaching for 7 years, but I bet you a million bucks it still happens. X)
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    and that's what we love about fountain pens. :)
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    When I was teaching art, I started giving fountain pens to my 4th and 5th graders, not sure if the 6th grade kids were interested that year. The next year I moved schools and taught 7-12 graders, and quite a few of them were really into it. The teachers at both schools hated them though, b/c a...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    OOh! Ebonite is the best! There are SO many colors it's ridiculous. You can see SOME of them on my materials pages here- https://newtonpens.com/nikko-ebonites/ https://newtonpens.com/sem-ebonites/ https://newtonpens.com/nyh-ebonites/ I'm happy to share the sources too, if you ever want to...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    It doesn't look like Schon has gone live with it yet but you can see what it can do here- https://www.instagram.com/p/CguNN3VFsP2/
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    Nib is the metal part of a fountain pen that you write with. Feed is the plastic or ebonite part that moves ink from the barrel to the nib/paper. https://newtonpens.com/about-my-nibs/ The feed has the fins. The housing the is threaded collar part those 2 things fit into that allows one to...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    Thanks! Yeah I did the handmade nib and feed thing a few years ago. Not worth my time. Schon Design has just come up with a tubular titanium nib and a handmade feed that works really really well. The nibs alone make my pens all look cheap. :) Is there a reason you're wanting to make your...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    I used to be a high school art teacher and started making pens to give away to my students. I gave them fountain pens all the time - usually cheap stuff I got from ebay - but they weren't very durable with normal kid use. I made pens part time for 3 years and quit teaching to make pens full...
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    Vibratory bowl finishing - ebonite and acrylics/resins

    I've played with steel wool before and it wasn't worth messing with. A jeweler friend of mine got me to try it a few years ago. It's not as nice as just using good quality sand papers.
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