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    100% homemade roleerball pens, with retractable tip

    Hi folks,
    I have to think about stopping making tools, and now making things, with all the tools I have!
    Here is what I did this week-end :

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    That's a really, really beautiful pen, Christophe! Wish I had the skill to make one like that! It's a good thing that we have sections in this forum where you can still post your non-tool creations.

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    Great design and attention to detail! How did you cut the shell piece?

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    Hi Jere,
    The shell dots, I cut them by myself from local abalone shell (I leave close to the sea).
    I have a few pictures showing that, it's a little bit dated, I have improved my method since, but the idea is there.

    See this diaporama:
    La Belle Note - Photos - Lutherie : Fabriquer des repères de nacre ronds

    I plan to write an article with my updated method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophe Mineau View Post
    Hi Jere,
    The shell dots, I cut them by myself from local abalone shell (I leave close to the sea).
    I have a few pictures showing that, it's a little bit dated, I have improved my method since, but the idea is there.

    See this diaporama:
    La Belle Note - Photos - Lutherie : Fabriquer des repères de nacre ronds

    I plan to write an article with my updated method.

    Christophe
    Great method thanks for sharing it, I have always marveled at work with mother of pearl and that sort of thing.

    Have you tried using a motorized jig saw with cutting those shells? Any trouble breaking blades with the coping saw on those hard shells?

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    Thanks Jere,
    Yes, working with shell pearl is really tough. I don't like working with the scroll saw (motorized) on that.
    What I do now, is rough cutting the circles with the band saw, thinest blade I have. I put a "zero clearance" piece of wood under the shell. The effort with the band saw is more regular, always downward, against the wood. Although, I cut far from the line .
    Actually, the pearl does not really "cut", it "micro breaks", and the only accurate tool to work it is high speed sanding or filing.

    For really tricky cuts, I prefer the very thin blade hand jeweller saw, and hand cutting.
    See this other photorama, where I do a, instrument head inlay job. This one necessitates a little more training and patience.
    You need a lot of blades also, because you break very often, but that's not too expensive.
    La Belle Note - Photos - Lutherie : Bari Mando - MOP Inlays

    See in particular my setup at photo 8 with my high-tech blowing system for cutting.
    Of course, you always need to wear a breathing protection when working with pearl or bone, the dust is highly toxic for the lung.

    See also , starting from photo 75 :
    La Belle Note - Photos - Lutherie : F5 Bindings and Inlays
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    Amazing work ! The documentation alone looks painstaking let alone the actual work! It looks like you have a very well put together and thought out building process. Thanks for sharing it!


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