|Project by Michael McKenzie||posted 03-14-2017 02:27 PM||1066 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This is another ring design I’ve been playing with. I use wood-burning nibs to create shaped voids in the wood rather than drilling or cutting then out – then I pack it with Nickel Dust -365 mesh. A drop of cyanoacrylate hardens it. careful sanding – a micro-mesh polishing and some burnishing make the inlays for all practical purposes a solid piece of Nickel. The wood burning technique gives the inlay a nice thin black outline that I really like. I want to do more of these with different patterns. This one is NOT executed perfectly so I need to work on that.
I have some Copper dust and Brass dust as well. (careful working with these fine powders, wear particle mask and use gloves) I will post those results as well when the time comes.
Although Etimoe is nearly always sold in veneer form, ironically it has one of the best strength-to-weight-ratios (in terms of modulus of rupture as compared to average dried weight) of any wood in the world. The difficulty in getting stock Etimoe Lumber is a result of its conservancy.
-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.