My First Piece of Jewelry: Pink Ribbon, Pink Lyptus Pendant

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Project by Jonathan posted 11-09-2010 07:49 PM 2015 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pendant I made for my wife. She will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in San Diego in a little over a week. She just reached her personal fundraising goal to help find a cure for breast cancer. I was going to give this to her right before she left next week, but I thought that reaching her own personal fundraising goal was a momentous occassion.

This is the first piece of wooden jewelry that I’ve made. A thank you to MrsN for her helpful tips during the process.

I traced the ribbon onto the stock, then cut part of it out with a fairly dull coping saw. I also used the drill press to remove some of the material. I ran it through the drum sander to thin the piece a bit. I used several different detail files to further shape the piece, then finally handsanded it through 320-grit. Next, I woodburned my initials and the year on the back. After that, it received several coats of spray-on dewaxed shellac, buffed between coats. The sterling silver bail was glued-on with super glue gel. I used one of the little black and silver paper clip clamps to hold it together while the glue cured (as seen in the 4th photo). Finally, I applied several coats of Renaissance Wax. The chain is 18”-long and is also sterling silver. Both the bail and the chain came from Rio Grande Jewelry:

Wood: Pink Lyptus
Finish: Spray-On Dewaxed Shellac, followed by Renaissance Wax
Hardware: Sterling Silver Bail, Sterling Silver Chain
Dimensions: Height: 1-11/32” (not including hardware) Top Ribbon Width: 9/16” Bottom Ribbon Width: 27/32” Thickness: 5/32” (not including hardware)

(I did not make the box in the last photo.)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 11:46 PM

looks like a fun project to make! thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 12:06 AM

Awesome Job!!! It turned out really great!!

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 03:24 AM

looks good

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 05:22 PM

Thanks everybody.

She is going to wear it during the race. She also decided it’ll be a safe place to keep her wedding and engagement band while walking so they don’t get stuck on her fingers.

I will consider making more jewelry again in the future after having made this piece. It seems like a great way to use up those really small pieces of wood. In addition, it’s something different than working with the larger power tools. And now that I have a functioning bandsaw, it’ll be that much easier to knock out small curves such as this. A scrollsaw would probably work better, especially being able to get down into the center of the ribbon though as the bandsaw obviously still can’t reach there.

Things like this would be great to give as small gifts, especially to nieces and nephews as they’re small enough to just drop in the mail (with a bit of padding).

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 12-05-2010 07:47 AM

That came out just great !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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