1) a pre-sanded wooden handle (see instructable on material selection for cola pens for more info)
2) cola can nib
3) electrical tape to join the nib and the handle
The word NIB is used in this instructable to mean the writing tip of the cola pen (ie NIB = writing tip)
These cola pens are made with cans that are very sharp. Be careful. not for <18
I made it at Techshop and Submitted by SFlettering for the Instructables Sponsorship Program
Step 1: Sanded Wood From Dead or Down Arizona Juniper
There are 2 main ways to make a cola pen when joining the nib to the handle
1) use electrical tape and fold the cola can nib "around" the wooden handle (method selected)
2) make a slit in the top of the wood with an axe or knife and slide the cola can into the slit
TIP: when choosing the nib width and style consider matching the relative size of the writing tip (the NIB) to the handle selected for use.
Step 2: Cottonwood Sanded From Arizona
Note: notice the 2 colors of the heart wood and edge wood in the juniper shown in the image below
TIP: consider using multiple types of wood to learn how to get the best hold on your cola pen.
Step 3: Cutting the Cans in SF
1) arizona ice tea cans (tall and skinny)
2) regular coca cola cans
3) hard side rigid cans (coconut beverage)
I regularly use a mix of cans for the cola can pen to practice getting the best quality calligraphy from the handmade cola pen.
TIP: when selecting a can for use be very careful when cutting the can. I use a hacksaw and a vice when cutting the harder (coconut beverage) cans.
Step 4: Folding the Nib: Example of Folding With Can Label on the Inside
1) the cola label on the outside
2) bend the can against the natural bend (chosen method)
TIP: When bending the can against the natural bend you can achieve a sharper fold, but re-bending the cola pen can create a break/tear in the fold area if you attempt to re-adjust the fold of the nib.
Step 5: Tape to Keep the Nib in Place
TIP: The better (and sometimes larger) the bottom folded slits arei made the more sturdy the nib (usually)
Step 6: Cola Pen Production Line: Review of Assembly Method
1) select the handle from pre-sanded pieces you have already set aside
2) cut the nib from strips of cola cans you have already prepared
3) fold the nib in half
4) cut slits in the lower part of the nib to use to twist around the handle
5) tape to handle with black electrical tape
6) test that your nib is rigid enough for use
TIP: Make sure that you tightly attach the nib when taping it to the end of the handle to make sure that it does not move when you are writing.