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    Wow, how refreshing to see your skils develop, have you thought about increasing the size to hold more than one pen?
    Hey have you been standing behind me
    I have been stealing ideas sorry I mean searching for inspiration I was thinking some sort of fold over case six pens on one side and note book on the other side.
    Or a three pen case with individual flaps to secure the pens armoured with kydex of course. I do worry about the size of the cases as they are large and adding three together you are talking 8 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.
    Unless someone else has a better idea.
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    Here are the two cases I showed in an earlier post they are destined for Japan sometime next week

    The first is a mahogany case with blue suede interior and gold stitching


    IMG_6103_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    The second is Oxblood leather with blue suede and gold stitching


    IMG_6089_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I also have a pair of trays to make for a writing slope to complete this order.

    Thanks for looking

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    These are AWESOME! Good work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvisibleMan View Post
    These are AWESOME! Good work...
    Thanks I was looking at your pens the other day very impressive especially the wooden pen.

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    I thought that I would share my latest prototype with you some time ago i read a post where someone was looking for a case to hold pens securely and also to display them on a desk.


    IMG_6130_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    The openings at the outside will be closed when the case is made in leather.
    This idea has been rumbling around inside my head for some time so i thought I would make a prototype to see what it would look like.

    these little studs are called Sam Browne studs in the UK maybe different elsewhere.


    IMG_6128_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    The stud and strap that maintain the case in the closed position also turns around and fastens on the inside to allow the case to stand up displaying the pens on a desk


    IMG_6125 by my0771, on Flickr

    I would value your opinions

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    That is pretty cool! My only concern would be that when I open it up to flip it over to display mode half my pens will go flying across the room.

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    I think this is pretty neat! If opened like a book, the pens shouldn't go flying. Does the strap hook/latch when open to keep it from spreading/falling flat? Or did it just photobomb the picture? heh

    I also like the way the pens nestle or interlock for a slimmer profile when closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeph View Post
    That is pretty cool! My only concern would be that when I open it up to flip it over to display mode half my pens will go flying across the room.
    Hi Jeph thanks for that I dont think that it is possible for the pens to fly out, The pens could not be removed until the case was folded to the open position.

    Yes Kia the stud and strap would stop the case sliding open when standing well that is the idea anyway.

    I am undecided as to wether kydex would be needed in such a case but the next stage will be to make some wooden forms for the shapes required

    Thanks

    Michael
    I might need to make the slots a little longer to stop the pens from rubbing in transit.

    thanks for the input

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    This is my third Omas 360 case if you count the prototype


    IMG_6164_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_6160_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_6159_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I bought some dowel yesterday to make the forms for the new case detailed above at the moment I am thinking 18 mm and 21 mm pen slots either combined or two different sized cases.

    Thanks for looking

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    I have decided to start making the forms for the new case and thought you might like to see the process from the start.

    Dowels 18 mm and 21 mm cut to 200 mm in length I dont have to make the cases that long but I wanted to give myself the option to make longer cases.


    IMG_6166_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I am not going to glue the dowels in place I will use screws to allow different formats.
    The next step is to cut the bases and shape the end of the dowels that will be used to form the leather.
    Does anyone have any thoughts on the inclusion of the kydex?

    Thanks

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    I'm amazed at how quickly these develop and how you've just kept improving everything as you go. You do have true artistic ability and talent.

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    The next stage is to make the dowels into a form I have shaped one end roughly into a shape I might use a machine if it stops raining.


    IMG_6183_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I have made two of these forms thinking about it now it might have been better to shape both ends and use opposite ends of the form for each piece.

    My other concern is the size of the case when finished it looks like 10 in x 8 in or 255 mm x 200 mm.

    Thanks for looking

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    Well, that's a case on the larger side, true, but then, it's probably more for storage or traveling than for every day carry, unless you are an artist with a dozen different nibs you use every day. There are times to carry that many - say to a pen meeting or to show a friend your collection - but I don't think too many people throw that many pens in the messenger bag every day. So I wouldn't worry about it. Any case for that many pens will be about as big.

    Now if they do carry that many pens every day, well, I carry a bunch myself, but I'm the sort of person who tend to carry so much stuff around that certain relatives have been wont to state our great grandparents emigrated with less, and probably they did. If one is the kind of person who does indeed carry ten or twelve pens every day then I suspect one is also the sort of person who carries stuff in general, and is used to it, and has a bag half the size of Oklahoma to carry it in.

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    Thanks Scrivelry
    I am sure that you are not the only person who carries large numbers.
    You are right that 10 pens will take up the space of 10 pens my initial thoughts about this case were to put the pens as close together as possible.
    The pens will be separated by two thicknesses of the leather which is 2 x 2.5 mm.
    The difficult part will be forming the leather into the required shape my first attempt is using a scrap piece of leather which is 3 mm thick it takes quite a bit of pressure to form the shape and it is difficult to avoid marking the wet leather.


    IMG_6190 by my0771, on Flickr

    Just to explain wet veg tanned leather is very soft and is quite easy to form it can also be carved easily and will take impressions from almost anything including finger nails and debris on the working surface.

    Thanks for looking

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    I wonder, in this tricky situation, if using longer dowels than the work piece, possibly thinner than the dowels for the form itself, and pushing them down between the dowels you are forming over would help get the leather down there in the hollows without needing to poke it so much with fingers. Also, maybe the thin cotton gloves used by caterers and so forth would help with avoiding some marks? Just random thoughts, never having worked with this leather I certainly can't call it advice!

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    Thanks gloves may well help I was thinking of using a piece of scrap leather on top of the wet leather to help prevent marks.
    I am using a two part mould which I am redesigning.
    Thanks for the input
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    I thought you might like to see the latest case I have made


    IMG_6298_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_6300_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    It will be starting a journey to America tomorrow

    Thanks

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    I thought it was time to update my 10 pen case there have been a few little issues to sort out but I think I have a clear idea of what the finished case will look like now.


    IMG_6566_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I have moulded the pieces and trimmed them to the correct shape the two pieces you can see in the picture make up one case.
    The dowels are there to align the two pieces together so the pen slots will inter lock with each other.
    When opened out the case will form a stand.

    Thanks

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    Multi pen case project update,
    In the last picture you could see the leather formed to make the pen slots with dowels to show where the pens would go.
    The picture below shows the inside of that piece it has been lined in super soft Kip leather.


    IMG_6578_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    The design of this case called for a case that could hold pens of different sizes from under 10 mm in diameter up to a maximum of 21 mm.
    This caused a little head scratching and some serious tea drinking but eventually the idea of using the pens clips to hold them in place popped into my head.
    So I have made cuts into the lining to allow the clips to be used.


    IMG_6586 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_6587 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_6592 by my0771, on Flickr

    This means that most pens will be easy to get in and out of the case it has been designed to fold back on itself to form a triangle so it will stand on a desk when open.

    Thanks for looking comments good or bad would be appreciated.

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    Here is today's offering from my work bench continuing with the red thread idea


    IMG_6652_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_6651_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    Thanks

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