Black Acrylic Glitter Pen with Black Box

Every month, the Santa Fe Reporter has a drawing with a prize or prizes given to Friends of the Santa Fe Reporter (those who donate to help keep the paper running). I donate regularly, and often enter the drawings, but haven’t been a winner so far. But I decided it would be nice to give something, so I emailed Julie Ann Grimm and asked if she’d be interested in a pen and pencil set for a future giveaway at the Reporter. She thought that would be a great idea, and we tentatively settled on next January for when they’ll be given away.

I finished the juniper pen and pencil set a week ago, and just now finished this black acrylic pen with box.

Black sparkly pen with gold hardware

The pen body is a black acrylic resin with glitter in it. I went back and forth on whether I should paint the brass pen tube black before putting on the blank, but in the end, decided to leave it natural and showing through on the ends. The box is oak I stained black using an iron acetate solution, sanded back just enough so some of the natural grain would show through, and then grain-filled and finished with multiple coats of varnish oil. Elapsed time was almost ten days, but most days were just a few minutes of rubbing back the previous coat of oil with steel wool, then applying another coat and waiting overnight for it to cure.

Black-stained oak box

I think it’s a nice addition and figure even if someone receives this as “second prize,” they’ll still be happy with it.

Interior of black oak box with pen

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