Christmas Ornament

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Project by SugarbeatCo posted 10-19-2012 04:27 AM 1222 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the first of a run of ornaments for some local craft fairs that start next month. The top and bottom finials are Walnut and the bulb is Redwood Burl from Mendocino CA. The bulb is hollowed to roughly 1/8”. The finials are attached to the bulb with titebond 3 and a small tennon that fits the 7/8” hole in the bulb. I added a small eye hook to hang it, rather than drilling a hole through the top finial for ribbon or string, seems a little neater that way.I finished with Boiled linseed oil and then lacquer once the oil had cured. Ive seen hundreds made, and thought they seemed simple enough, and they are once you get the process down, but a challenge none the less. They keys are ratio and bulb shape. Ive noticed the more perfectly rounded shapes are harder than an oblong bulb, but that may just me personally. I had a hard time getting a perfect globe shape with figured wood.

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 04:30 AM

so nice

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 04:42 AM

Very cool nice work.

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 09:00 PM

Very beautiful…

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 01:06 AM

I wish I had one on my tree. Is there some kind of micro hollowing tool that you use or would it be the same as one would use on larger items such as vases?

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 05:35 AM

Thanks everyone. You can use a standard size hollower if you are careful. A mini hollower would work well for some of the smaller ones, this bulb is 3” in diameter, so my full size EWT hollower worked well enough through a 7/8” hole.

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 01:33 PM

Nice job. Great looking finish.

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