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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.

See this post for a video and the PDF 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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