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How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:30:03 PM »
I taught this workshop for our guild last year. Everyone was really happy with how the pens turned out. I didn't use soda cans though as the aluminum has become so flimsy. Instead, I used aluminum flashing which you can find at Lowes or Home Depot.

I'm including some pictures and the PDF handout below. Let me know if you have any questions.

My homemade pen next to my purchased pen:


Flashing:


Beautiful work by one of our wonderful guild members, Ann Pasquier:


The handout:
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 03:12:51 AM »
Wow, very interesting! I never would've thought of something like that.
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014, 10:02:13 AM »
They really work quite well. And they are great to use with Carrie Imai's "Dancin' Pen book and DVD."
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 01:13:36 AM »
Thanks for this! Really helpful. :)

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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 04:54:25 AM »
What do you cut the aluminium with?
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 09:32:10 AM »
I bought a pair of Fiskars sheers that were right next to it and they cut through everything! Even wooden dowels!  :)
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 09:34:39 AM »
Thanks!  :)
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
I love these pens  ;D I go through them a bit faster than I go through pointed nibs I think  :o

Here are a couple of the current ones I have, the metal really does make a huge difference. Coca Cola cans are great in a pinch but the metal doesnt hold up too well when used with a heavy hand and you dont want something too thick because it wont saw-tooth well. Although that's part of the fun, these are made from 5 different sheets and they all react differently sort of like five completely different nibs.

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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2014, 09:34:35 PM »
I love these pens!  I did a two-day class wth Luca Barcellona making & using "nontraditional" tools, including folded pens, and I absolutely fell in love.  I've got a stash of brass shims of different thicknesses just waiting to be used :D


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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2014, 03:43:36 AM »
I love these pens!  I did a two-day class wth Luca Barcellona making & using "nontraditional" tools, including folded pens, and I absolutely fell in love.  I've got a stash of brass shims of different thicknesses just waiting to be used :D
OMG, a class with Luca Barcellona, YOU LUCKY, LUCKY gal!!
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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2014, 03:44:25 AM »
That was my reaction as well haha

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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2014, 04:26:26 AM »
It was so amazing. I was so lucky to have the opportunity.  It was almost wasted on me - it was so hard for me to get out of the mindset of strictly obeying the rules and into the expressive calligraphy - but I struggled along and I learned SO MUCH.  I am SO lucky, I know it!

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Re: How to Make Your own Folded Soda Can Pen
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2014, 09:19:04 PM »
Awesome Heebs! I found that as well which is why I went with the aluminum flashing for the class. They hold up surprisingly well. I love the sheen of the second one from the left!  ;D
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