We ship to addresses within the U.S. only, we do not offer international shipping
We ship orders out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Typically, orders are processed within 1 or 2 days.
Most orders will go out via USPS Priority mail. Some products may ship UPS Ground or other carrier. Once you check out and the order has been shipped, you will receive a shipping notice with tracking information
We do not take on custom orders due to time constraints
Blanks that are made with 100% resin (no other materials embedded) do not require any top coat finish. Just polish to a high grit with your preferred method. We recommend applying a top coat finish like CA glue to blanks that contain other materials embedded in the resin such as pinecones or wood to ensure the best protection as well as to get an even gloss sheen across the entire blank. Check out our guides for tips on sanding, polishing, and applying CA finishes on blanks
We recommend turning pen blanks as fast as your lathe will go to get the smoothest cut
I'm glad you asked! We have a video showing one method using CA glue that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/85YuDF2_n9Q
The CA glue method works great for mixed material blanks, but is not recommended for non-stabilized wood blanks.
Alternatively, you can also use either 5 or 15 minute epoxy spread inside the blank as well as on the tube.
Either way, the two most crucial elements are to
1. get the glue on all parts of the tube and
2. let the glue dry overnight to ensure the glue has fully cured for the best bond
Once a blank has been machined, there is no way to tell if there any problems with the blank or user error. Alumilite blanks, although not brittle, are still plastic and proper techniques must be used when working with them. As with any material, plastic/resin is susceptible to breakage under certain circumstances which are out of my control. Custom orders cannot be restocked, so certain exclusions apply. All I ask is that you contact me if any problems arise so that I can try to remedy the situation.
Often times, blowouts occur due to improper glue bonds between the tube and blank. Check out our video on how to reduce blowouts through proper preparation and glueing of tubes in pen blanks: https://youtu.be/JYM9WH4S8vY