small bowls with silver inlay

  • Advertise with us
Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 11-01-2015 06:07 PM 909 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these small bowls just to give a try at inlaying silver wire. The six bowl sides are made of Peruvian walnut, slope 50° from horizontal, and are joined with compound miters; the bottoms from domestic walnut. I used four types of silver wire: two are flat silver wire of thicknesses 0.008” and 0.014” and width 0.055”, and the other two are circular silver wire of gauges 10 and 16.¹ I also used some 0.25”-diameter brass tubing of the type found in hobby stores. Inlaid inside the brass tubing are some dyed-wood veneers (yellow and green) and some stone (blue and red). Don’t look too closely or you’ll see where I screwed up while inlaying one of the green leaves. My objective was to try inlaying some wire, so maybe you can overlook that yukky misstep. Size: 8”x5”x1”.

¹ Gauge is a common way to specify the size of wire, but I prefer diameter, so I wrote a short app for my phone to convert between the two measures. If you’re interested in such things, you can read about it here

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

7 comments so far

View dean2336's profile


238 posts in 2745 days

#1 posted 11-01-2015 08:41 PM

now that is a beautiful piece of work.well done ,have a great day.

-- dean2336,nebr.

View helluvawreck's profile


29158 posts in 2703 days

#2 posted 11-01-2015 09:04 PM

These are beautiful and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Betsy's profile


3391 posts in 3732 days

#3 posted 11-01-2015 10:31 PM

Looks like you did well with new technique. Those will be enjoyed for a long time.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

View tnwood's profile


255 posts in 2922 days

#4 posted 11-02-2015 06:15 PM

Any error is just so the evil spirits may escape. Great job. Love the look.

View majuvla's profile


11190 posts in 2703 days

#5 posted 11-02-2015 06:15 PM

Realy unique shape. This inlay is adorable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View mikeatsouthpond's profile


5 posts in 3833 days

#6 posted 11-02-2015 09:03 PM

These are really nice and really well done. Thanks also for the Frink App. I’m not sure if I’ll use it soon, but I would like to try this type of inlay. If this app is anything like your compound angle app it will also come in handy.

-- Mike S., Illinois, South Pond Woodworks

View Howard 's profile


102 posts in 879 days

#7 posted 11-03-2015 12:23 PM

Beautiful work and beautiful end results… Unique idea and build.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics