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Project by Gerben posted 09-21-2014 05:12 PM 1868 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some of the earrings I made recently. They’re made out of thin bamboo, and finished using furniture oil. Bamboo is pretty nice to work with on the scroll-saw.

I taped two pieces of wood together to make one set in one go. Making them exact duplicates and saving twice the work.

Bamboo very very consistent in hardness, unlike regular wood where there are harder and softer sections depending on the grain. Also cutting along the grain or perpendicular to it doesn’t seem to have any different effect. Which is pretty nice when cutting this much detail. Little tearout or burrs, so just a tiny bit of sanding is needed.

For fun; see if you recognize the emblems in the last two pictures!





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 06:02 PM

These are all beautiful patterns. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#2 posted 09-21-2014 06:43 PM

Those earrings are very nice. How thick was the bamboo and where did you find it that thin? Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 07:13 PM

thats some nice scrolling good job

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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Gerben

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#4 posted 09-21-2014 07:16 PM

@Hawaiilad around 3mm (0.12”). The wood was given to us, so I have no idea where it came from. I think it was a sort of veneer.

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Hawaiilad

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 07:19 PM

Thanks for the Info. Always great to work with wood that is a gift. I have lots of that and find uses for it nearly every day. I will keep an eye out for some of that. We have bamboo here on the Island, but not sure if they have it that thin. I guess the thicker stuff could be cut and planned down a bit. Great scrolling as well. What saw do you use? I have Hegners

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Gerben

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 07:26 PM

@Hawaiilad also a Hegner. Very easy to detach/attach blades, which you have to do a lot with that many separate pieces, that need to be cut out in those earrings.

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 07:30 PM

I know what you mean. I have cut many earrings and Trivets over the years. But they are fun. And to see someone use what you have made is even better.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Gerben

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 07:39 PM

Well, my aunt still doesn’t want to use the trivet I made. She thinks it’s to beautiful to put under a pan.

I’ve already had a few special request from the female colleagues for custom earrings. I definitely earned some bonus points there.

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#9 posted 09-21-2014 07:45 PM

I have cut hundreds of trivets the past few years…I sell them to Galleries on the here. One of our daughters makes quilts and I designed several for her with a quilt design and she does use them…at least when I visit she does. I think your correct, most people buy them for direction instead of use. I have about 50 of them ready for the Gallery right now. Christmas season is just around the corner you know. Having points with colleagues is always good

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 09-21-2014 08:20 PM

I see the Force is with this one…

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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Gerben

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#11 posted 09-21-2014 08:29 PM

@RPhillips thanks for recognizing them. I’m already chuckling, when I think about some girl wearing these, not knowing what the are.

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 04:41 AM

I never thought of the empire as the bad guys, it was the other way around. The rebels were the trouble makers.

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#13 posted 09-22-2014 09:42 PM

You have terrific talent and the project tuned out incredible.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#14 posted 12-07-2014 03:10 AM

Awesome ear rings, I’ve never scrolled bamboo before but I may have to give it a try. If I may ask where do you get your patterns from? My wife has now added this to my ‘to do’ list :-)

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Gerben

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#15 posted 12-07-2014 03:53 PM

@Notw Thank you. You indeed need to be careful what you show to your wife. Anyways, I got a lot of ideas for patterns on Pinterest. See my album: http://www.pinterest.com/beargun/earrings/
Others I just did a google images search. Also, try printing the patterns in red. That way you can better see where the (black) blade is. Especially useful when scrolling very fine patterns.

Good luck.

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