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Handmade Pens from recycled comic books, sheet music, and wood.
Handmade Pens from recycled comic books, sheet music, and wood.
22 backers pledged $1,570 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Paul Miller and welcome to my second Kickstarter project.  I had so much fun on the last project https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/667497128/evolution-of-a-woodturner I started planning this one as soon as the backer rewards went out.  My last project focused on where I have been as a artist and woodturner. This one focuses on a totally new direction for me…Pens!  

Now, I have made some pens over the years, as gifts and items to sell at art/crafts shows but they have always been made out of wood.  This summer I started experimenting with materials other than wood.  I am pretty excited with what I came up with during my experiments. Using a clear resin I was able to encapsulate recycled Comic Book paper and Sheet Music and turn them into pens!  And that is what this Kickstarter project is all about!

The 5 pen styles I will be offering thru my project…you can choose to go with a traditional wood pen, a comic book pen, or sheet music.
The 5 pen styles I will be offering thru my project…you can choose to go with a traditional wood pen, a comic book pen, or sheet music.

What I am hoping to accomplish with this project is to provide a great unique reward for my backers while earning funds to cover my studio costs and some much needed upgrades to my tools.  

Rewards for Backers:

Backers of my Kickstarter project have several different rewards to choose from:

1.Wooden Mini Lanyard Reward-comes in gold plate finish only. Choose from Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, or Desert Ironwood.

2.Resin Mini Lanyard Reward-comes in gold plate finish only.  Choose from Sheet Music or Comic Book.

3.Wooden Twist Pen-choice of chrome, black titanium, or black chrome plated finish. Choose from Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, or Desert Ironwood.

4.Resin Twist Pen-choice of chrome, black titanium, or black chrome plated  finish. Choose from Sheet Music or Comic Book.

5.Wooden Artist Pencil-choice of gold, chrome, or black chrome plated finish.  Choose from Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, or Desert Ironwood.

6.Resin Artist Pencil-choice of gold, chrome, or black chrome plated finish. Choose from Sheet Music or Comic Book.

7.Wooden Bolt Action Pen-choose from gold, chrome, black, or gun metal plated finish. Choose from Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, or Desert Ironwood.

8.Resin Bolt Action Pen-choose from gold, chrome, black, or gun metal plated finish. Choose from Sheet Music or Comic Book.

9.Wooden Zen Rollerball Pen-choose from gold, chrome, or black titanium plated finish. Choose from Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, or Desert Ironwood.

10.Resin Zen Rollerball Pen-choose from gold, chrome, or black titanium plated finish. Choose from Sheet Music or Comic Book.

11.Wooden Collection Reward.  One of each pen and pencil, for a total of 5. You choose the wood and plating for each.

12.Resin Collection Reward.  One of each pen and pencil, for a total of 5.  You choose the plating for each, and either Comic Book or Sheet Music style.

FIRST 25 BACKERS WILL GET THEIR REWARDS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!

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PLEASE NOTE:  Due to copyright law I cannot make character specific comic book pens or sheet music out of a specific song.  What that means is I can't make you a Batman, Superman, or Spiderman comic book pen, or a pen out of your favorite U2 song.  At the end of the funding period if you backed for a Comic Book pen the survey will have an "color" option.  If you want a particular color for your pen, let me know, and I will do my best to make it happen.

PLEASE NOTE:  I hand pick and cut every piece of wood I use.  The picture below is a good representation of what the wood will look like but every piece has some variations.  After each piece of wood is turned on the lathe, I use several grits of sand paper to make sure it is smooth and scratch free.  After that each piece gets extra protection using a CA glue finish, followed by a 3 part waxing and buffing.

The resin pens get the same treatment after being turned on the lathe.  Several grits of sand paper, followed by a 3 part waxing and polishing to ensure protection and quality.

The four available wood choices. Left to Right, Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, and Deseert Ironwood
The four available wood choices. Left to Right, Maple, Walnut, African Blackwood, and Deseert Ironwood
Closeup of the Sheet Music...Resin Twist Pen with Black Chrome plated finish
Closeup of the Sheet Music...Resin Twist Pen with Black Chrome plated finish
Close up of the Comic Book
Close up of the Comic Book

 MINI LANYARD PEN:

This small ballpoint pen is designed to be worn around your neck using the silk cord that comes with it.  

Wooden Mini Laynard Pen Reward, shown in Maple wood.
Wooden Mini Laynard Pen Reward, shown in Maple wood.

 TWIST PEN:

Each twist pen is a ballpoint.  A simple twist of the pen advances the ballpoint ink, and  the top portion of the pen pulls off so you can easily replace the ink refill.  

Wooden Twist Pen Reward with Chrome plating.  Shown with Desert Ironwood.
Wooden Twist Pen Reward with Chrome plating. Shown with Desert Ironwood.
Wooden Twist Pen Reward in Black Titanium Plating.  Shown with African Blackwood.
Wooden Twist Pen Reward in Black Titanium Plating. Shown with African Blackwood.
Resin Comic Book Pen Reward with Black Titanium plating.
Resin Comic Book Pen Reward with Black Titanium plating.

 ARTIST PENCIL:

This is the only pencil I am offering thru this Kickstarter project.  Great for sketching.  The lead is 5.6mm 4B (easy to find refills at craft, hobby, and art stores).  The lead is advanced by pushing down on the knob on the top of the pencil.  The knob also unscrews and can be used to sharpen the pencil lead.

Wooden Artist Pencil Reward.  Black Chrome Plating and Desert Ironwood.
Wooden Artist Pencil Reward. Black Chrome Plating and Desert Ironwood.
Resin Artist Pencil Reward.  Shown with Gold plating and Comic Books
Resin Artist Pencil Reward. Shown with Gold plating and Comic Books

 BOLT ACTION PEN:

The Bolt Action is a ballpoint pen.  The ballpoint is advanced by sliding the bolt action level forward.  Easy to refill by unscrewing the tip of the pen. This is my most popular pen by far.

Wooden Bolt Action Pen Reward.  Shown in Chrome Plating with Walnut wood.
Wooden Bolt Action Pen Reward. Shown in Chrome Plating with Walnut wood.
Wooden Bolt Action Pen Reward.  Here are 2 different looks side by side.  One is plated with Gun Metal and shown with Desert Ironwood.  The other is chrome plated and shown with African Blackwood.
Wooden Bolt Action Pen Reward. Here are 2 different looks side by side. One is plated with Gun Metal and shown with Desert Ironwood. The other is chrome plated and shown with African Blackwood.
Resin Bolt Action Pen Reward.  Shown in Gold Plating and Comic Books.
Resin Bolt Action Pen Reward. Shown in Gold Plating and Comic Books.

 ROLLERBALL ZEN PEN:

My personal favorite.  This is the Zen Pen.  High quality rollerball pen with a magnetic cap that secures on either end of the pen.  The tip of the pen unscrews to allow for easy access to the rollerball refill.

Wooden Rollerball Zen Pen Reward.  Shown with Gold Plating and Desert Ironwood.
Wooden Rollerball Zen Pen Reward. Shown with Gold Plating and Desert Ironwood.
Resin Rollerball Zen Pen Reward.  Shown in Chrome Plating with Sheet Music.
Resin Rollerball Zen Pen Reward. Shown in Chrome Plating with Sheet Music.
Rollerball Zen Pen Rewards
Rollerball Zen Pen Rewards

 BUT WAIT…THERE IS MORE!!

STRETCH GOALS:

If my funding reaches $1000, every backer will receive a velvet drawstring bag to store their pen or pencil in.

If my funding reaches $2000, every backer with get a free refill with their pen or pencil reward.

If you are one of the first 25 Backers of my project consider yourself an Early Bird and you will receive your reward before December 21st, 2014. 

All the other reward are due to the backers in February 2015.  I completed all my rewards on my last Kickstarter project ahead of schedule and hope to do the same with this project.

Risks and challenges

Just like my last project I chose to work with wood and materials that I am familiar with and have multiple suppliers should one not have what I need to complete the rewards.

I placed limits on all the rewards to ensure that I will complete the rewards and get them to the backers in the time frame promised.

If you are one of the first 25 Backers of my project consider yourself an Early Bird and you will receive your reward before December 21st, 2014.

All the other reward are due to the backers in February 2015. I completed all my rewards on my last Kickstarter project ahead of schedule and hope to do the same with this project.

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