The instructions that come with the pen holders...well, let's just say they stumped me.
What you are supposed to do is grab your pen or pencil and slip the small piece (blue and marked with an S), medium (white 'M') or large (gray 'L') called a "threaded collet" (see why I was left scratching my head?!) into the piece that best fits your writing tool.
Then after you've done that, you push the piece which is now on your pen into the white pen holder (called a pen holder body). The little cap should be on the pen holder body. Push the pen all the way until it touches the pen cap....but no further. This will ensure that your pen does not drag while you are sketching. Then twist the blue, gray or white piece into the threads.
Pop out the blade and replace it with the pen holder and sketch your design. If you need a refresher on sketching, take my sketch pen series starting with sketch pens 101.
So here's the thing...I like to be honest. I like to endorse products that I love (like my Silhouette) - regardless of whether they are provided to me or if I purchase them. In the case of the pen holders, it's the latter. I spent $9.99 on the set of three pen holders and I have to say I'm not terribly impressed.
I like the idea that Silhouette is branching out and giving users more options by embracing the use of regular pens and not just their sketch pens....but I can't say I love them.
After all they're not that much different than the $1 DIY sketch pen holder (bottom) I made..and guess what I got 10 of them and I can sketch with the marker itself all for a dollar.
If you're looking for a pen holder that can sketch with a variety of pens, pencils, and even sharpies I'd have to say go with the Amy Chomas Sketch pen/marker adapter. It's more expensive, but the adjustability-factor (I think I made up a word there) is worth every penny.
Be sure to read Silhouette School's full Sketch Pen Series on everything (and more) you want to know about sketch pens!
Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School. If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!