|Project by Blair Helgason||posted 08-17-2009 03:58 AM||2399 views||14 times favorited||9 comments|
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!