i’ve been rather restless as of late… maybe its the a.d.d. :P… anyway, as is in the title, i was quite bored and needed something to do. my next project is slowly beginning to take shape in my mind and i’ve settled upon a serving tray with some marquetry and until the “final” plan (plans always change) has been made i wanted to do something small in the meantime.
I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the rings i’ve seen on LJ’s, not least of all FrankLad’s Rosewood Ring with Braided Maple Inlay
i’ve had a very big urge to turn some things, but alas, my school is not open yet (and they only have metal lathes, so we’ll see how that goes….) and i i dont have a lathe myself… grrr….! i decided to give it a go anyway, and i cheated somewhat… i bought a rather large dowel and started carving out the inside…
i borrowed some inspiration for the subtle ring line from another of FrankLad’s rings… i made 2 rings, with the same pattern, one which i wanted to inlay with blue stone, the other with green stone.
after carving out the inside, i used some sandpaper to smooth it out and get the inside diameter to the size i wanted. the picture above shows the sanded product :)
i wanted to have about 5-6 diagonal lines all around the ring, but i’ve had trouble with this even in my last project (perhaps it’s my pen-knife)... sharp edges are notorious for just splitting and breaking off… and so i had to modify the pattern from the get-go, and this is what i ended up with.
another thing i learned…. you cant make rings with the grain facing the open ends of the ring… it splits too damn easy… i should have known this, lol (and it made me second guess my decision to buy the dowel since it really didnt save me any time). i split the big (green inlay) ring 2 times while carving it… above is a picture of the stone inlay glued in place before sanding. again i’m not sure if super glue is the way to go, but it seems to work.
there’s the rough polish… i’m not sure how to “polish” stone… but i’m assuming i can just take some really really fine grit sandpaper and make it shine? maybe? lol, we’ll see :)
-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.