Christmas Jewelry

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Project by MrsN posted 12-21-2009 02:22 AM 1810 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year for Christmas my Aunt asked if I would make a set of jewelry for her to give my cousin. I said I would be happy to do that, then two weeks later my cousin called and asked if I would make something for her to give her mom. Of course I was happy to.
The first was given to my aunt. It is cherry with a eucalyptus burl inlay that I cut off the end of a pen blank. There was a matching set of earrings, but I can’t find the picture on my computer.
The second went to my cousin and is Cherry with a Purpleheart Squiggle. the fourth is the opposite cut in a different shape and was given to another cousin.
The third is a link bracelet in alternating Cherry and Purpleheart, I believe that it went with the mostly Cherry necklace. I also made a solid cherry link bracelet that went with the other necklace. On a side note, the different hardnesses of the materials made sanding all of the links to the same really difficult, which is why only one ended up getting made. The purpleheart was really hard shape.
My aunt called me tonight, their family celebrated Christmas early and everyone loved their gifts.

These pieces also are my first and second commissioned pieces, so it was very exciting for me.

Thanks for looking and any comments are welcome

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 02:29 AM

Very nice work on the jewelry pieces.

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 03:35 AM

i really like the bracelet. what did you use for a clasp? also what did you use to pin the links together?
nice work. glad to hear you teach wood shop in middle school. that is almost a thing of the past here. our children are missing an important part of their education.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 03:42 AM

A great bunch of jewelry all very well done and beautiful too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 03:44 AM

jerryw – I used cylindrical magnets for the clasp and brad nails to hold the links together. Scrappy made a blog about a version of the bracelet, I used the scroll saw instead of actually making box joints. I cut 3/4 inch brad nails down to about 1/2 inch and put them in a 1/16 inch hole that goes though most of the link, but not all the way. I covered the hole and nail with a epoxy-sawdust mix that once sanded blends in and isn’t overly noticeable.
I also think that too many kids are missing out on shop classes these days. I am so glad I have a district that is continuing the program.

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 04:43 AM

Thats a really cool idea.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 04:47 AM

These look great! Thanks for the blog reference. I haven’t even considered wood jewelry – Now I am going to be saving even smaller pieces! This web site is a problem …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 04:56 AM

sras – i keep incredibly small pieces that might be useful, but I am pretty good about using it. I like that when I make a mistake on a piece of jewelry I often call it an “artistic element” and most people won’t know the difference.

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 05:16 PM

Very cool

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 06:21 PM

Fantastic collection of jewelry. I am soo happy that someone else is useing the blog I did for this bracelet. Thank you.

I think I like your bracelet better with the alternating woods. I can see where sanding is a pain tho.haha

Your necklasses are very nice. Did you cut both pieces of wood at the same time to get a purfect curve match?

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 08:01 PM

Scrappy- I did cut both necklaces at the same time. I wanted to have the purfect match on the curve, plus then I get two necklaces for the work. Once they are cut to different shapes, most people don’t notice that they are the same.
I also really liked the look of alternating the woods, but need to work a way to shape the pieces better. Since I cut all of the links out of one long piece I thought about running that piece through the router to round the edges before I cut my links. I think that would help make the links more uniform, you would just have to sands the ends of the links. I will be trying that at some point, I didn’t have much extra material when I made these so I didn’t want to have to start over because of chiping problems on the router.

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 06:28 AM

MrsN, Sound like useing the router might save a lot of sanding. Just be carefull and take a couple of small cuts to help avoid the chipout.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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