Christmas Ornament

  • Advertise with us
Project by SugarbeatCo posted 548 days ago 1025 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.

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

6 comments so far

View winters98's profile


31 posts in 633 days

#1 posted 548 days ago

so nice

View a1Jim's profile (online now)


109372 posts in 2079 days

#2 posted 548 days ago

Very cool nice work.

-- Custom furniture

View Lidiya Blaznina's profile

Lidiya Blaznina

834 posts in 1041 days

#3 posted 547 days ago

Very beautiful…

-- Lidiya,Russia.

View Oliver15's profile


28 posts in 653 days

#4 posted 547 days ago

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?

View SugarbeatCo's profile


117 posts in 770 days

#5 posted 547 days ago

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.

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

View ed220's profile


615 posts in 1895 days

#6 posted 547 days ago

Nice job. Great looking finish.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase