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Kingman Turquoise TruStone Pen Blank
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Kingman Turquoise TruStone Pen Blank
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Price is per blank. Multiple blanks shown to illustrate the variety that is possible.

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Dimensions: 3/4" square by 5 1/2 inches long

Description: A slightly green turquoise with golden brown webbing.

Opacity: Extremely opaque. Tubes are not visible on even the thinnest walled kits.

Turnability: Easy+, ok for less experienced turners.

Turning Notes:
- I recommend carbide tools for the Medium and Hard TruStone blanks. HSS tools are OK on the Easy and Medium, but will need to be sharpened more frequently.
- Go slow and allow these blanks to cool if too much heat builds up while drilling and turning. Too much heat can cause them to crack or shatter. Take shallow cuts and cut from the end of the blanks towards the center to avoid stress on the unsupported ends of the blanks.
- I recommend that you do not drill all the way though the blank. Leave the blank whole or cut oversized, then drill to the depth needed (without exiting the blank), remove blank from drilling vise, and cut to the correct length. If needed a sacrificial piece of wood can be glued to the end and will help prevent blow-out when drilling.
- Consider using a thick walled pen kit like the Cigar or the Sierra Vista style kits when you first start making TruStone blanks.
- If you are new to turning TruStone blanks I recommend trying the easy blanks first, and working up to the medium and hard blanks. Also, consider using a thick walled pen kit like the Cigar or the Sierra Vista style kits when you first start making TruStone blanks. The thicker walled kits will be easier to turn.
- Finish as you would finish acrylic blanks (a CA finish is not needed). I sand through the micro-mesh grades, cleaning the blank with alcohol between grades, and then buff with ZAM to bring out the ultimate shine.
- These are the pliable TruStone blanks, and while they have powdered stone in them the exact stone used is a trade secret. I highly doubt any semi-precious stone is used and the descriptions should not be taken to construe the presence of any specific mineral.

TruStone blanks make very impressive finished pens. The easy blanks are within the ability of most turners, and while the medium and hard blanks are more difficult to turn, you will be well rewarded for taking on the challenge of these blanks when you end up with a beautiful finished pen.
 


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