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$50 Maki-E Diy (1St Attempt)

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#1 AtilaYang99


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 23:07

Hi folks :)

I am super new to this hobby. Since I recently completed my first project I would like to post it here and get your eyes on it. Like many of you, I too found the Japanese maki-e fountain pens amazingly beautiful yet very out of my reach price-wise. I had some experience assembling car model kits, so I thought since I already have the spray paint and sandpaper and all that stuff, why not treat a fountain pen just another car model and do some experiments on it?


And here's the outcome! Quite honestly, I am pretty happy with the result, although the wood finish I was using doesn't seem super scratch-resistant.


Another major issue is that there doesn't seem to be a lot of cheap clip-less fountain pens out there for me to work off. If you folks have any suggestions, please let me know! I bought this one off eBay




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Posted 10 November 2018 - 00:20


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 04:05

Your pen looks good. It is a good exhibition of your skill. You can also try ebonite pens as the base and maybe protect with a clear coat.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 10:11

It looks very good, you can try the pens of Ranga in ebonita, they are very good prices and usually make offers for this forum. Currently they have one open for any kind of their pens.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 16:12

Amazing work, the pen looks lovely!

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 17:06



Maybe a Moonman M2 is a good pen for this too, but it's clear acrylic.

In general many indian pens come in a clipless version.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 17:32


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Posted 14 November 2018 - 04:30

Wow! Beautiful work!


Could you post references to the process itself? Looks like something I'd like to try some day.



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 13:15

I find it absolutely stunning! 

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 17:45

Impressive work of art, bravo 

My sincere congratulations !


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