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Macassar Ebony Bentwood Ring

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Project by BENTWOOD posted 414 days ago 1743 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to this wonderful wood loving community at LumberJocks and hope you all enjoy some of my recent bentwood ring projects I plan to post in my projects.

This Macassar Ebony wood ring was crafted using the bentwood method with a very thin copper inlay. I created this specifically for men as it appears very masculine to me and has more bulk than a typical women’s ring.

Bending this ebony was surprisingly easier than I had anticipated based on other benders feedback. Perhaps I got lucky as one ebony versus another can vary from what I understand but I did make sure to steam bathe the wood longer knowing it is very dense wood and most likely that was the key in allowing me to bend.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com





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JR_Dog

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#1 posted 414 days ago

Shannon,

Absolutely beautiful ring! I agree it does look more masculine and I would proudly wear a ring like this… if I was more into wearing jewelry. I wear my wedding ring proudly but since I’m taking it on and off so much to work on the lathe I couldn’t imagine having more than one. I also really like your settings for the pictures. I’ve been using a home made light photo box to reduce the glare and reflection but it takes away a lot of the character that you’ve captured using the natural wood blocks and logs.

Do you use a lathe at all after the wood is bent… okay I’ll stop asking questions about bending wood… What do they always say… “Google it!” haha – off to “edumacate” myself.

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BENTWOOD

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#2 posted 414 days ago

JR_Dog – Thanks again!

When photographing I try to keep full ring in focus as opposed to diffusing the front or back so folks can get a more representative visual…if that makes sense. :) No fancy camera, simply go into micro mode on point and shoot.

The lathe can be helpful when starting out in bending rings…especially during the sand, finish and polish stages but not necessary and I personally enjoy sculpting by hand for greater satisfaction. Sure it takes more time and energy but the more sweat and tears put into each project the the greater sense of reward I feel for my bentwood projects.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Earlextech

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#3 posted 414 days ago

How do you finish your rings?

I looked at your website, all of your work is wonderful.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Sanding2day

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#4 posted 414 days ago

Great looking ring Shannon… Beautiful work here and on your site… Welcome to LJs and thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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BENTWOOD

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#5 posted 414 days ago

Earlextech – Thanks for the compliment. I finish my rings with the phrase…”phew, now on to the next one…” ;)

But seriously, CA glue can provide a satin or high gloss depending on final polishing phase materials. For a more natural finish to the wood the combo walnut oil, boiled linseed oil (do not boil regular linseed oil), carnauba wax and shellac work well for a low luster sheen but not be as durable. Many bentwood ring owners actually enjoy buffing their rings.

Sanding2day – Thanks for the warm welcome and recognizing my work. I noticed your first project on LJ was a “shop bar”...awesome. :)

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Tag84

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#6 posted 414 days ago

Hi Shannon, i really like the depth and tone/ finish of your rings. The copper inlay is a beautiful touch too!
I never turned wood before, but i would love to try it. will take some time to get at your level though:)
I also like that you are thinking about the planet, i try to minimize my part of pollution aswell.

-- -Thomas -

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 414 days ago

Another beautiful ring and I agree, more masculine looking than the first ring you posted but still very very nice. The depth of colour and tones in the ebony is beautiful and the copper inlay ads a highlight to the dark ebony shades.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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BENTWOOD

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#8 posted 414 days ago

Tag84 – Thanks much! No need to be a wood turner…just a wood bender. :)
Some woods have much better bending properties than others and ebony is known for being tougher but so far so good.
Glad to hear you are earth conscious as well. Not to sound preachy but I feel it is important for all us woodworkers to remember the source of our raw ingredient which seems so obvious but can be so easily forgotten or taken for granted. The beauty of bending jewelry is I can use what most consider trash and create something from that waste that lives on.
I input the word “sawdust” in search section here at LJ and am amazed at how even sawdust is being used.

aussiedave – Many thanks again. You are very kind and thank for taking the time to look at my projects.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Dan Hux

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#9 posted 413 days ago

Welcome to lumberjocks, great looking rings.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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BENTWOOD

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#10 posted 412 days ago

Thanks Dan. I am really enjoying LJ.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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WoodenFrog

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#11 posted 408 days ago

Wow!! Shannon!! I really like this one!! Very Beautiful and awesome craftsmanship!
Hey would you be willing to show me some pics and more info on your Steam-box!!
I have made one but I want some more idea’s, I want to re-do mine
Thank you, Keep up the great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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BENTWOOD

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#12 posted 393 days ago

WoodenFrog – Sorry for slow response. My husband made mine out of PVC pipe. Google PVC pipe steam box or pipe and you should find info on the construction. It is simple, small (16” long) and effective for my purpose. Good luck!

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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dozuki

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#13 posted 391 days ago

All I can say is WOW. Now that i am back I have to get back in the shop. Your work is very inspiring.
Keep it up.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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BENTWOOD

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#14 posted 391 days ago

dozuki – I appreciate it and happy I could inspire you

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 372 days ago

Hi Shannon. Welcome to Lumber jocks. You sure make some beautiful rings!!!!!

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

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