Five Bracelets

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-29-2016 02:01 PM 1261 views 4 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the last craft show I got an order for a bracelet with “squiggle ” inlay like the burrow a mesquite worm would do. Fortunately this mesquite log had all the worm holes in the outer bark and sap wood so I had to make a few for inlay. I added 4 more bracelets while I had this good piece of mesquite.

Three are inlaid with turquoise, one with azurite and one is plain. I turned all the inlay away because it was too irregular a fill.

They are finished with EEE and Shellawax.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 02:10 PM

Those are beauties, Jim! I’m going to have to try that “triple E”.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 02:18 PM

Very attractive work! Sounds like your last show was a success.

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#3 posted 07-29-2016 02:20 PM


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#4 posted 07-29-2016 02:29 PM

Those are really cool Jim. Very clean well done.

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#5 posted 07-29-2016 02:56 PM

Nicely done jim. Do you make them all the same size or various diameters?

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#6 posted 07-29-2016 03:26 PM

I’m curious Jim, mesquite is one of the harder woods found in the U.S. How hard is it to turn?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 07-29-2016 03:33 PM

Always exquisite work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 07-29-2016 04:04 PM

Very Pretty!

I’ll bet they SELL!

Just guessing… I see you making a whole string of them… then cutting them off…
... BUT how did you gt the hole in the middle?

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#9 posted 07-29-2016 04:29 PM

Nice work Jim, I admire your turning skills

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#10 posted 07-29-2016 06:15 PM

Realy nice colours. I soppose, shapes and sizes of those inlays are limitless.

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#11 posted 07-29-2016 06:48 PM

Cool! Sure to be big sellers. Personally I like the azurite best, because you don’t see that color combination very often. Just curious, what are the dimensions?

Thanks for posting.

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#12 posted 07-29-2016 08:09 PM

Jim, these are absolutely beautiful bracelets.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 07-29-2016 08:35 PM

These are really different Jim. The added touch of the turquoise gives them a rich feeling. Nice going.

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#14 posted 07-29-2016 09:37 PM

Beautiful bracelets, Jim! Are you using the real stuff on these or the man made? What do you use for a mandrel? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 07-29-2016 11:38 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments!

Hi Lew EEE is a very good polish. If your last grit is 400, it brings the sheen up to around 2000 for the next friction polish like Shellawax or Mylands. I got your drawings today and I’m searching for the cherry to make the piece.

Hi John, the last show was okay but I met a lot of nice people as usual!!

Hi Joe, I bored the hole in each one individually to different sizes These were around 2.450”- 2.460”. Then I mount them on the appropriate bushing and finish the outside.

Hi Leafherder, I like the azurite the best too. It is the first time I used any of this inlay in bracelets.

Hi Candy. This is all the man made stuff. It turned out to be hard to cut this time. I’m making a carbide tool for this stuff for next time. I sanded most of it to the surface. I have set of nylon bushings that fit over the chuck jaws and they expand into the bracelet to hold it. They are in increments of .050”. They also test the bracelet..if they break at this stage, they flunk the test!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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