I was finally able to make my pen. I learned a couple of things while trying to do this particular project. Use a plain stick pen. Pens with buttons and springs will not work. This might look even better if I had found pens that were perfectly cylindrical rather than hexagon shaped, although, I think that the angles add an interesting element to the plain paper pen. Use paper that has a little body to it. The plain pen is made with very thin paper and it was tricky. The stripey pen was made using a scrap of fabric from my stuffed turtle and it needs help to stay rolled.