Wooden Jewelry

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Project by Blair Helgason posted 08-17-2009 03:58 AM 2305 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I received some strange exotic wood from a friend. It was very dark and very dense but I wasn’t 100% sure what it was. After doing some searching, I figure it’s some type of Rosewood. My grandfather told we it might be Palisander. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to do with because there wasn’t much of it, at least not enough for a decent sized box. So, I figured I’d try my hand at wooded jewelry.

I started with a couple rings. They came out okay, but I did a lot of it by hand so they were pretty rough. For the next two, I spent more time on the initial shaping and used power sander this time. I then attached it to a 3/4” drum sanding bit and put it on my drill press. With the ring spinning I was able to sand it very well starting with 80 grit all the way to 600. I also applied the finish on the drill press and buffed it while it was spinning. Needless to say these came out a lot better and it was much easier and enjoyable.

After a couple rings I was left with some cut-offs that were a little too small for rings. I decided to make a pendant (shown in pic.1). This was done almost entirely by hand and designed on the fly. I’m really happy with it.

Anyway, that was a lot longer than I expected, sorry for blabbing on. Thanks for reading!

-- Blair

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 03:59 AM

cool work

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 04:22 AM

Blair, they came out nice. I like the rich color.

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 05:25 AM

Cool, simple and unique. Nice work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 07:49 AM

Very nice job. That drum sander is a great way to get an even surface all the way around. Nice design on the pendant also.

Keep it up.


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#5 posted 08-17-2009 12:50 PM

love that pendant.
great use of your specialty wood!
(and I like babbling – you get to learn so much about the project as well as the woodworker)

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 05:19 PM

Looks great!

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 08:32 PM

Great idea, it turned out wonderfull

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 11:19 PM

Nice work on these, Blair!

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 02:44 PM

I know a Lady in my area that does wooden jewelry. She does pretty good with it. Wooden jewelry is becoming very popular. I wish you well with selling your nice pieces of art.

-- Robin Renee'

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