On Wednesday, KnotStar held its S.H.I.N.E. Leadership and Life Skills retreat in Atlanta Ga. Sophomore, Jordan Wright facilitated the first session for building self confidence.
She spoke on “Self-ie Awareness” and coached them through an activity involving affirmations and tapping into their confidence to be leaders for themselves, families, and community. She shared the stage with the Goodr Co team who served as hosts and showed how they use STEAM to end hunger and be influential in keeping food out of landfills.
Jordan will be presenting her work on February 7th as part of FCCLA regional STAR events in the National Programs of Action category with her Dunwoody Chapter members under the direction of Erica Alcox. We wish her the best of luck in her endeavors and look forward to hearing more about what she will do to serve our community. KnotStars learn how to S.H.I.N.E. during Atlanta leadership and life skills retreat.
For more information on bringing the KnotStar retreats to your group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I wanted to make some improvements to the pen so I made a few changes. First, I changed the wood from pine to maple. Pine is very porous and absorbed some of the coloring I used. Maple has tighter grains and sanding to 600 grit reduce that from happening. I also replaced the red and purple colors to make it brighter. I made larger grooves in the wood to make painting easier and cleaner reducing bleed over. Slowing the process improved the quality also. There is still room for improvement but I’m very happy with this one.
I plan on relabeling the name to “Glass Ebony” cause of its look. I did the pen 6 months ago as a test and someone purchased it this week. I wanted to put a new spin on it. I wanted it to be dark and a satin sheen to it.
I’ve made this pen before and this one is for a customer. I like this one because it has a pop of color. This pen is acrylic and not wood. These pens take longer because of the material and polishing needed to complete them.
I decided to create another version of the pen where both top and bottom match. I used pine in this one to see if the color would any different. It popped more than the other. Below is the base wood after its been cut to size. I tend to make the bottom piece slightly larger than the top. The hour glass look at popular I see.
Next I drew lines to show where I would cut the grooves to separate the colors. This is tricky cause I have to make sure they don’t bleed. A process I’m still perfecting. I have some other ideas to improve this in verson 3. Yes there is a version I’m working on.
Here you can see I drew in the lines for the six colors I’l add.
After I cut the grooves , I use a q-tip to get the stain in. In the next one I will use paint to get a better professional finsh. I will use a laquer this time for the polish after its all dry.
This is how it looked after staining.
Finished pen after staining my hands….lol
This is not an easy pen to create. You need a lot of patience and a steady hand. I improve it each time I make one. The next will done on hard maple. It should provide a better finish. I like looking at the improvents at each level. I do love this one. It makes a statement at any distance. Thanks for reading.
I had the idea of a pride pen since and thought I’d give it a try. I purchased some stain and painted it after I carved the wood. This was very different than any other pen I’ve done. Definitely, very colorful and fun to do.
I wanted to create something special to remember Prince so I made this pen from purple heart wood. Employing some coloring techniques, I’ve enhanced the color to get this rich purple you see below. I didn’t know if it would work but it came out better than expected. I was so excited, I took it outside and put it in the sunlight to show the color. I have several laser engravers I use for designs. I wanted to give customers something you can’t get anywhere else. When you get a product from me, I want it to make a statement. I have a true obsession with perfection and will not ship it until I’m satisfied. I love this pen so much and I took it for a test spin. 😉