|Project by FrankLad||posted 05-28-2010 06:22 PM||8120 views||19 times favorited||31 comments|
This was not a commissioned ring, but one I decided to try for fun.
The base of the ring is rosewood, with a channel cut out in the center for the inlay.
Each of the three maple strands were carefully cut to around .5mm and soaked in water before braiding.
I learned a couple things in doing this, and I believe the next one should turn out better (ie. tighter braids)
Finishing is more difficult in this scenario than it is with a smooth-surfaced wooden ring. I’m considering using a thicker viscosity CA or epoxy to totally fill the channel (would have to drop the braids a bit lower into the ring) to get a smooth finish, and offer better protection of the braids.
I’m also experimenting with other woods for the braids, and plan to mix some for color variation in the strands.
-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com