Christmas ornaments.

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Project by CSlabon posted 12-27-2010 05:52 AM 1255 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the first ornaments I’ve tried turning but they were so much fun, I’ll be making a lot more. The first one is from a piece of olive burl and maple. I turned it round and then hollowed it. Then I turned the top and bottom finials with a short tennon on each one and glued them in with super glue. Then a spray laquer finish.

The tree idea came from a demo. at the last woodworkers meeting. I took it one step further by mixing acrylic paint and water and dipping the top(green). The water made the fibers pop out in the slots I cut with the parting tool. So it kind of looked like needles. Then the same laquer finish. I turned a few more for my nieces and nephews to paint and hang on their tree.

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 06:06 AM

Cool ornaments. I like the tree. The “poped” fibers DO look like needles. Great idea.

Keep it up.


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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:08 AM

Nice work, I would dearly love to get hold of the tree that is shown behind your green tree. It has all the crotches in it that I generally look for when I gather my turning wood. Those parts usually have fantastic markings that if the color is bland it becomes a prime candidate for dyeing like several pieces I have dyed. I would suggest that if you have not thought about turning crotches that those pieces are what to look for. If you turn the pieces thin enough it will minimize the warping.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 07:07 AM

Thank you! Great tips. I attended a turners meeting last month, and a guy had turned a couple from an old Christmas tree, but I didn’t really find out “how to” make them. I really like the idea of dying them! Thanks.

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#4 posted 12-28-2010 11:43 PM

beautiful ornament C. I am still practicing on my lathe. where was the turners meeting ? is it a club in are area?. nice job for sure. Evie

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