2023 PenMakers International Chicagoland MPG
April 21 and 22, 2023 - Symposium - Hoffman Estates Illinois
                 



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From Beginner To Professional In 90 Minutes (A Seinfeld Approach)
Mark Dreyer

All skill levels are welcome – Everyone starts with making a traditional wooden pen. But it does not need to end there. The key to the process is challenging yourself to do something new and branch out. We will take wood to a new level.

Part 1:
Topics include the entire process from blank selection or creation, drilling, gluing, turning, finishing, and assembly. We will look at numerous finishing techniques and the challenges of each – from simple buffing to CA and many in between. Working with all the basic tools and jigs used in the process.

Part 2:
Now taking the wood pen to the next steps – coloring, bleaching and segmenting wood. We will discuss the different techniques to make your work standout above the rest.

Part 3:
Turning alternative materials. Acrylic Blanks, Acrylester Blanks, Deer Antler, Coffee Beans, Mother Of Pearl, Aluminum, Polymer Clay, Snake Skins, Half Wood / Half Plastic.

There are numerous steps to creating the perfect pen. Your tools and techniques are just as important as that perfect kit or piece of wood .

All Abount Casting
John Underhill

If you’ve ever wanted to make a cool color swirled blanks, have a custom logo or photograph pen, or maybe a hybrid wood, pinecone or something new mixed with resin, then this is for you. No two casters do everything the same. Even with using the same material, results can vary based on how you do what you do from mixing, pouring, to cutting. My goal is to give you the understanding to try and the inspiration to find what works for you.

This is designed for everyone from beginner to experienced, this is everything you need to know about casting to get you creating your own one of kind blanks.

Topics Covered:

Setting up your own casting area – practical and safety
Understanding resin types and selecting the best for your project
Selecting the best mold for the job – vertical vs block – commercial vs recycled
Essential tools and utensils needed
Usable materials - where to find them- preparation prior to pouring
Resin handling – storing, mixing, and pouring
What works for me, my supplies, resources, and inspirations



Remodeling Your Kitchen
Mark Dreyer

Mark will take you through the steps of making a basic peppermill, handles for pizza cutters, mashers and other great household items. As with all Mark's demos we will go start to "finish"".

Mold Making For Casting
John Underhill

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Fishing Rod Treaded Pen Blank
John MacDougall

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Polymer Clay Pen Blanks
Tina Wissen

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An Embellished Ornament
Dick and Cindy Sing

Every Dick Sing demo is a sight to be seen. Dick will make one of his classic ornaments and Cindy will embellish it with colors.

3d Printing
Dean Charlier

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Segmented Small Glass
Al Moike

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Celtic Knot
Bill Witt

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Women in Turning hands on event 90 minute session
Linda Ferber and Marie Anderson

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Fishing Rod Treaded - Next Steps - Patterns
John MacDougall

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Sales And Marketing
Ed Brown

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The Next Steps In Kitless
Rob Nelson

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Stabilization
Jason Marosi

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Color Casting
Fred Wissen

Fred will take you through the world of casting. Equipment choices, material options, and step by step "how to" cast. A must see.

Fred plans to cover resins, colorants and everything needed to cast. Will be covering both color and clear casting in that period.


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Topics (Subject To Change)
3d Printing
Celtic Knot
Women in Turning hands on event 90 minute session
Segmented Small Glass
Fishing Rod Treaded - Next Steps - Patterns
Remodeling Your Kitchen
Stabilization
All Abount Casting
Fishing Rod Treaded Pen Blank
Polymer Clay Pen Blanks
An Embellished Ornament
From Beginner To Professional In 90 Minutes (A Seinfeld Approach)
Color Casting
The Next Steps In Kitless
Mold Making For Casting
Sales And Marketing

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