|Project by junipercanyon||posted 1066 days ago||916 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
After my first lamp project, I went straight to the internet and started looking at how other people made juniper furniture. My second project inspiration came from a Montana company called Rocky Mountain Twist. I saw several projects where they used turquoise inlayed in the wood and I wanted to figure out how to do that. In conversation with my great aunt about my newfound hobby she offered me a piece of turquoise to try that her father gave her when she was a little girl, and I had the perfect piece of wood to try it out on. I found that it was really fun and creative laying stone into wood. This lamp has 5 turquoise inlays set with copper shavings around the edges. The copper shavings came as inspiration after slowly trying to level the largest stone with sand paper, I decided to try a bench grinder causing spider web cracks. I thought my inlay was ruined when I suddenly thought of just filling the cracks with copper to hide my “mistake”. I used my Dremel tool, (which is now a much better alternative to the bench grinder) to make shavings from a piece of scrap copper. Drilling the hole for the cord still took me a few hours, and I have far too many hours hand sanding from 120grit to 320grit (didn’t have a palm sander yet), and I was way more patient with the finish on this one, I used 4 coats of Tung Oil in 5 days wet sanding with 600 grit between each coat. The lamp hardware is an antique bronze finish with a 3 way switch. This is my favorite project so far, and I secretly hope it doesn’t sell.
-- Juniper Canyon Design