Keep a Marking Pen From Wandering Off

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Introduction: Keep a Marking Pen From Wandering Off

People walking off with your Sharpies? Give them cement overshoes. (the pen, not the people)

Disclaimer: This is not my original idea. I'm just passing it on.

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Step 1: Materials

Marking pen
Paper cup
Something liquid that hardens into something solid.

Step 2: Mix Up the Liquid That Becomes Solid

Could be cement, fiberglass resin, potting material, I don't know what.

Pour some in a paper cup.

Stick the pen in it cap side down.

Wait for the Liquid-Solid Transition Event.

Peel off the paper cup.

Step 3: Oh, I'm Sorry, Is This Your Pen?

Pens Will Return To Their Caps...
else they will dry out.
They don't like that.

And your pen is now less likely to end up in someone's pocket by accident.
Not impossible, just less likely.

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    21 Discussions

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    trebuchet03
    trebuchet03

    13 years ago

    for a minute there--I thought that was a sausage :P

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    mrbob1000
    mrbob1000

    Reply 13 years ago

    lol thats funny i wish more people read my instructable about the scooter but anywayi would do it in chocolate mmmmm........ chocolate :p but then the ants would attack

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    AlexTheGreat
    AlexTheGreat

    Reply 13 years ago

    I love it how you shamelessly beg and promote your instructable in someone else's

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    rawknexstuff
    rawknexstuff

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    People would eat the chocolate and take your sharpie! :P

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    iti
    iti

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Lol. I thought it was a little candle .... hmmm that would work too, Melt a small tea light candle in a glass candle holder, set the pen in and let it cool.... Pick a great fragrance for the candle....

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    porcupinemamma
    porcupinemamma

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    That's what I was thinking too!  This Instructable is really helpful and a great idea.  what about a cardboard egg carton with each cup used for a different colour?

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    zachninme
    zachninme

    13 years ago

    I want to make one that excases it in lead! (Coated with rubber, so we don't get poisioned)

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    mrbob1000
    mrbob1000

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    only if you have a metal pen cap that is made of a metal that melts at a temp higher than lead.

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    Father Christmas
    Father Christmas

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    that might jsut be a good idea. otherwise... explosive plastic and molten lead everywhere...

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    =SMART=
    =SMART=

    11 years ago on Introduction

    lol cool you could just blue-tack it to the underside of your desk

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    mr.pib4
    mr.pib4

    13 years ago on Introduction

    thats pretty smart if you could recommend a liquid that would make it easier.

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    mrbob1000
    mrbob1000

    13 years ago

    i think its candle wax

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    BloatedBunny
    BloatedBunny

    Reply 13 years ago

    yea, thats what i was thinking

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    cecilomar
    cecilomar

    13 years ago

    Or cement.

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    PetervG
    PetervG

    13 years ago

    What did you use that dried into the mould?

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    pronteon
    pronteon

    Reply 13 years ago

    I don't know exactly what this stuff is. It's some kind of left-over potting they use for making electronics modules. A friend made it. If you know someone that does autobody or boat repair, maybe they would have some fiberglass. Or use epoxy. Or that polyester resin like people used to make those giant clusters of grapes everyone had in the 70's. Or maybe RTV silicone rubber sealant. Probably take days to harden and be too bouncy. Or mix gravel in with RTV? Or drill a hole in a block of wood and glue a cap in it. Oh wait, someone already did that. Called it a pen holder or something.

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    bakersdozen
    bakersdozen

    13 years ago

    I would use epoxy.

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    TheCheese9921
    TheCheese9921

    13 years ago

    i have been building on an idea of makeing a normal sharpie into a big sharpie mini by gluing a peice on to the top of the pen but this is also kool