So I sprained my foot last week, and my doctor has told me that I need to keep off it as much as possible and keep it elevated as much as possible. I can still sort of scroll, but I look a little funny with a pillow under my bench resting my foot, so I decided to look though my photos to see if I had anything I could blog about.
I ran across some photos of a How-to make a patchwork necklace that I had thought about doing once. So instead of actually building something today, I will teach the world to build something.
This is they type of thing I will explain how to make.
It is a wonderful use of small scraps, and makes a great gift. They look complicated and very different, but are simpler then you think.
You will need a scroll saw, or suitable small blade on a band saw. Something that will allow you to make smallish curves. A larger blade will work in a similar fashion, but you wont get as wavy a pattern in the end.
You will also need a way to sand the pieces flat. I use a spindle sander. If you are careful a belt sander will work, and if you have time a random-orbital sander or a piece of sand paper will also do the trick
Start with a few pieces of wood that are close to the same size. I like to shoot for something about 2”x3” (50mm x 75mm for those other folks :) ) That size will allow you to do the most with your finished necklace, most shapes you might want will work. For this demo my pieces are scrap from some Christmas ornaments I made Maple, Cherry and Mahogany. I am using 1/8” thick material, but 1/4 will also work well. Thicker stuff can get heavy. You can use more then 3 pieces if you like.
Stack the pieces together, and tape the stack to hold it all together. If you like to plan ahead draw some squiggles on the tape, but you can improvise if you like.
The tighter your curves the more attention you will have to pay to your blade. If you turn too tightly your blade may want to start stretching and not be square to your table. This is even more evident if you have a thicker stack of pieces, the top and bottom may not fit together nicely.
Cut the curves, and separate the pieces. Lay them out so you can see what you have.
Then mix up your pieces so they look cool.
Next is the glue up. I use super glue, but regular wood glue will work also.
My favorite clamp for this is a pair of old square corner clamps I got at a thrift sale last summer. I line the bottom with tape or wax paper so the piece doesn’t stick. It helps keep the pieces flat, which means less sanding later :)
Tape also works really well, but it will take longer to dry. Glue doesn’t cure when it is all sealed in.
Sanding! once the pieces are glued together you need to sand them flat. If you are going to stop here, you will want to sand them completely smooth. If you are going to keep going, you just need them flat, they can still be rough.
I use a spindle sander most of the time. It works pretty well and keeps my knuckles out of the sand paper.
Here are some examples of pieces that stopped at this point.
This is another example using just two woods
You can also notice the difference the final shape can have on the look of the necklace
Stay tuned and we will make it look even cooler….
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