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I like to use purple heart pens because they are less expensive than other exotic woods. Recently, I came across an interesting trick. I found that I could overheat and darken the wood by using the back side of the sandpaper as the wood turns. A slight overheating makes the heart look purple like rosewood; further heating makes it look ebony. Heating the alternating sections creates light and dark contrasts as if the pen were made up of multiple pieces of wood. —Tom Bockman
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