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Project by Ethan Sincox posted 2471 days ago 1891 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An idea I toyed with for a while before I actually got around to doing it. Once I got around to it, the whole project, from beginning to end, took me less time than I actually spent thinking about it.

The wood is bog oak, the bezel cup is sterling silver, and the cuff link finding is a shiny nickel. Future cuff links will be made with sterling bezel cups and sterling cuff link findings.

I’d like to experiment with different woods, too, but with such a small canvas (16mm diameter), I’ll really have to find something with character. Maybe some burled wood?

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com





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Karson

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#1 posted 2471 days ago

Great looking Ethan. You might also try end grain like Zebra Wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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sandhill

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#2 posted 2471 days ago

Red said > “the whole project, from beginning to end, took me less time than I actually spent thinking about it.”
I find that happens to me a lot????? Nice Cufflinks want my address so you can send me some for Christmas? LOL

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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David

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#3 posted 2471 days ago

Ethan -

I am so glad you posted these! I admired them in the background of your prior posting. Absolutely beautiful! I used to do a lot of silver jewelry with my own handcut jasper or garnet cabachons. This really caught my eye. Excellnet work! I could imagine some linear laminations with cut disks or perhaps some inlaid silver elements in future designs.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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BillinDetroit

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#4 posted 2471 days ago

Ethan … that looks really neat. Where did you find the basic cuff link pieces? (Might also look goos as a set of matching shirt studs!)

-- http://nmwoodworks.com (pens & bowls, mostly)

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Ethan Sincox

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#5 posted 2471 days ago

Bill,

Finding the components has definitely been the difficult aspect of this project. I ended up getting the cuff link findings from a woman who had a little jewelry business on etsy.com, but the last time I contacted her, she’d moved to Thailand or some such place and was no longer selling those items.

Which wasn’t that big a deal, anyway, because they weren’t sterling and I want to start using all sterling silver parts.

Searching the internet has actually proved to be quite difficult. You have to try and sort out the people selling completed sterling silver cuff links from those selling the findings or the parts – not an easy task.

I’ve just recently ordered some more cuff link parts in sterling silver, but I had to go through a store in the UK called Rashel. Oh, and the shipping costs from the UK aren’t terribly good, either! But this place has the right size sterling bezel cups AND the sterling silver cuff link findings, so I can order both items from them at the same time and that makes it a little easier.

David,

Thanks for the comments! Right now I’m using a jewelry adhesive to attach the bezel cup to the finding, but in the future I’d like to tackle silver soldering and try to give them a slightly cleaner look. I suppose that might also be useful for the inlaid silver idea.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2471 days ago

amazing and brilliant idea!!!

I was going to quote the “took me longer to think about it” comment but someone beat me to it :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#7 posted 2471 days ago

great idea! some of those projects lay in the incubator for so long, and when they finally come out (and are so quick and easy we wonder what took so long. – forgetting about the hunting down of parts! I spent a lot of time getting my screwdrivers ready, and then the kits became available!

You’ve got me thinking even further of how I can add wooden items to my house, home and now, apparrel!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dan Pleska

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#8 posted 2471 days ago

Nice project Red. I tried making some ear rings one time. Wasn’t hard locating the findings, but like you said, “the canvas is small.” Had to be careful with the finger tips.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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mot

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#9 posted 2471 days ago

That bog oak is cool, Red. Another neat project.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 2446 days ago

I really admire your ability to do such small work. These are very classy.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Ethan Sincox

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#11 posted 2446 days ago

Thanks, Todd.

I just got my cuff link findings in the mail the other day and I already have three orders to fill, so I’ll be making a few more here pretty soon.

I’m thinking about trying a nice, tight burl of some sort…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Sawdust2

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#12 posted 2446 days ago

You might look at www.arizonasilhouette.com for your burls. He sells burl blanks for pens, has wide variety and they look to be about the right size.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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BigTiny

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#13 posted 1419 days ago

Is that an Air Force tartan I see in the background?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Ethan Sincox

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#14 posted 1419 days ago

Nope; it is Ancient Campbell of Argyll. It is an “unofficial” clan tartan, meaning it is not sanctioned by the current head of Clan Campbell.

I took the picture using my own Ancient Campbell of Argyll kilt as the backdrop; I’m unofficial like that.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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