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Pen tool

Postby The Common Framer » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:26 am

Hi all

Will be taking delivery of a CMC this month. I am also likely to buy the pen tool to go with it. Question is: How much use is then Pen tool? Do many of you use one and how often?

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Re: Pen tool

Postby Steve N » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:51 pm

which machine are you buying (being nosey :oops: :lol: )
We use are a few times a month, we supply crafters with animal/hearts/stars/transport shape window mounts, some have customers who want customised messages on them, it can be more trouble that it's worth, sending samples (email) to our cutomers who then have to send to thier customers who have to approve them or ask for changes , which starts it all over again :head:
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Re: Pen tool

Postby The Common Framer » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:03 am

Hi

Buying a Gunnar Hybrid F1.

still not sure on pen option... kind of like the idea though....
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Re: Pen tool

Postby Jamesnkr » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:38 am

Have you ever previously thought 'I wish I could do that'....?
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Re: Pen tool

Postby The Common Framer » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:47 am

Have you ever previously thought 'I wish I could do that'....?

Yes - but not often.. I am however, looking for value adds.
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Re: Pen tool

Postby grahamdown » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:59 am

Hi,

I bought a refurbished F1 hybrid from Gunnar which initially had the pen tool attached but the additional cost was so high i couldn't justify it for the small number of times it would be used.

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Re: Pen tool

Postby David » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:24 pm

I have the pen tool on my Gunnar, it's one of those, sometimes I don't use it for weeks then like now I'm using it on a couple of jobs, one in particular at the moment with a lot of lettering - pen and carved. It's good for putting lines around windows without having to get the ruling pen out, we do titles on mounts, lettering, logos and fine details that you can't cut. Lettering and titles in particular are good as you can use regular fonts without any customised designing needed.
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Re: Pen tool

Postby joh5nny » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:30 pm

I've got a F1 with a pen tool, and although I don't use it that often, I'm glad I've got it. I use it sometimes to add writing directly onto the face of a mount, text for title boxes, lines around apertures and also for embossing wording into mounts.

My machine was second hand and already had the pen tool fitted. I've therefore no idea how much extra you'll have to pay, but I'd go for it if you can :D
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Re: Pen tool

Postby The Common Framer » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:39 pm

thanks all..

think I am convinced.....
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Re: Pen tool

Postby Jules007 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:37 pm

Does the pen do a nice job of ink wash lines around the mount or is it really only suited to more bold lines?
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Re: Pen tool

Postby David » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:05 pm

You can't do traditional watercolour lines as you have to use standard pens, I mainly use black, gold, silver in varying thicknesses. For proper lines I still use a ruling pen it's also the only way to mix your own subtle colours and get the tramline effect.
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Re: Pen tool

Postby IFGL » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:33 pm

It's not the work that it does it's the additional work it will bring, you will be the framer that can, you can gain extra customers that will keep coming back to you even if it isn't for the pen.
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Re: Pen tool

Postby The Common Framer » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:40 pm

Just checked out your website - Like your CMC Page. Will add a page to mine when ready!

I agree - its about adding value and opportunity.

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Re: Pen tool

Postby Not your average framer » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:02 pm

From what I remember when I was looking into getting an F1 myself, the pens are rather expensive and if you want to import your own graphics you will need to generate the graphics using external software and then import it using the Gunnar software, so there will be some sort of learning curve and time to do the necessary work.

Having said all that, the extra potential that this will give you is mostly only limited by your own imagination. I bet that once you've got used to using this that you will come up with some really cool ideas to WOW your customers. I must admit that if I were in the same situation and had the money, I'm sure that I would really like one. Mind you, I love gadgets anyway!
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