wooden rings

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Project by Razorbak91313 posted 09-20-2011 06:30 AM 2266 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first wooden rings. The first two rings are made from oak that I first used 2 coats cyanoacrylate glue on and then a couple of coats of wipe on poly. I used solid pieces of wood, not laminated or layered wood, but the super glue really helps alot to strengthen them and water proof them. I used cheap q-tips to apply a wipe on poly rather then a cloth which made it really easy, especially on the inside of the ring. The red ring was made from pine and I applied 4-5 coats of Rit liquid dye to just try something different. The dye didn’t really soak into the wood too well which is why it took so many coats. However when it dried it had a sort of rough crystallized texture that I liked so I lightly sanded the roughest part of it, put on two coats of super glue and then a couple of wipe on poly. The texture is still a little rough feeling and the light really catches on the poly and the rough spots so I think it was an successful experiment even though it did pretty much wipe out any grain pattern from the wood.
The blue ring was also pine and i used Minwax Express Color Indigo colored stain on it. This was actually more difficult then the red ring because I couldn’t really buff the stain into the wood cause the ring is so small and it actually cracked twice which I had to repair with super glue. In the end I applied a coat of super glue and then applied 3 rather thin coats of the stain on the wood and let it sit on top of the wood, smoothed it out with sandpaper, another coat of super glue to sort of bond it all together and then 3 coats of wipe on poly. As you can see from the pictures it has a few rough spots where the stain didn’t really stick too well. Overall I would have to say the blue ring experiment wasn’t too successful.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#1 posted 09-20-2011 07:35 AM

cool rings! I like the blue stain…stick with it. I think it was successful, just needs a variable solution…maybe wood other than pine?
I even like’m natural.
Nice work!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-20-2011 01:35 PM

Nice rings! If you can find it, try some rose wood and cocobola and finish with the CA glue. I think you really like those woods for rings.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-20-2011 08:09 PM

I really do like the natural wood finish but was trying out ways to stain colors in there for variety. I will have to get some small pieces of various woods to try out and I look forward to doing laminated/layered rings for the various effects you can get.
I did a water test overnight on a ring done in a similar way to the blue ring and after 8 hrs the poly along the edge of the ring started to peel back a little and the stain coloring was rubing off a little. So not sure the minwax stain will be a very good option since it looks like as soon as the poly starts to wear down, the stain underneath will wear/wash off the ring.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 01:47 AM

Cool! I like them, keep at it. I have done a little experimenting with stains and dyes even food coloring.
Jim is right about Rosewood and Cocobolo. They are very strong and they really need no dye or stain.
Great work keep it up!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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