Opalescent Pen Blanks Alumilite Resin Rods - Opal Mother of Pearl

Opalescent Pen Blanks Alumilite Resin Rods - Opal Mother of Pearl


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Urethane, Resin, Mica, Powder, Alumilite, Clear, Mother, Pearl, Iridescent, Interference, Iridescence

Alumilite urethane resin rods for pen makers and woodturners. This material is an opalescent white color, made by mixing several interference mica powders. The blanks therefore have iridescent tones of red, blue, and green. Very different effects can be achieved depending on the color you paint your tubes or backpaint the blank--darker bakpainting really makes the colors pop and exhibit a "mother of pearl" effect (as seen in the photos pf the bolt action pen, as well as the gripping section of the fountain pen), while backpainting white generally makes the material appear like an opal.

Each rod is nominally 5" in length (most are 1/8" to 1/4" over length) and 3/4" in diameter and can be used to make a full-sized rollerball kit pen (i.e. cap and body), such as the "Junior Gentleman" series and related kits. If you are doing a smaller, one-piece kit (such as a bolt-action), you may be able to get two pens out of each rod.

Given the delicate nature of the effect and the whitish rod stock, these are very difficult to photograph effectively, but I have done the best that I can. Shown in the photos are examples of the rods as well as examples of pens which have been made from them. These are for demonstration purposes ONLY. Rods offered in this listing are made to the same specifications and color recipes used in the rods shown in the photo. Listing does not include the finished pens, which are shown only to provide an idea of what the blank might look like on your final, finished work of art.

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