Bentwood Rosewood Ring with Malachite Inlay

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Project by BENTWOOD posted 07-30-2013 02:46 PM 3773 views 13 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my first stone inlays using malachite. I love making bentwood rings and adding other raw materials from nature just makes it that much enjoyable.

Any of you guys and gals have ideas for other raw material beyond the ordinary that I could attempt to inlay on my bentwood rings?



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#1 posted 07-30-2013 02:47 PM

one word….


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#2 posted 07-30-2013 02:57 PM

Beautiful Shannon! Very Beautiful!
I use whatever I can find, to inlay into my rings!

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

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 03:52 PM

JR_Dog – Thank you. Wow,...labradorite is a great idea. That’s a new idea for me. I love the variation in color and translucency. Appreciate the idea and will hunt some down for future rings. :-)

WoodFrog – Thank you as well. I hear you on inlay materials. The beauty of inlays for bentwood rings is only a very small amount is needed so the world is our oyster.


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#5 posted 07-30-2013 04:15 PM

Great work, love the color and and the wood. Some real beautiful work on your web page as well. Very Nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 04:39 PM

Don’t know what water sources you have but I have found some interesting stones that I thought might be a natural inlay? Another off the top of my morning coffee…LOL…is ground nut shells?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 04:40 PM

Forgot to say, nice craftsmanship.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 07:42 PM

Shannon; your rings speak for themselves, just amazing. Have you tried “fluorite”, it comes in different colors, or luminescent rocks.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 08:27 PM

Beautiful ring, Malachite has always been a favorite of mine. You might also want to consider: Coral (shades of red and pink but also available in white, black, and blue), Amber (very easy to cut or carve to the proper shape), Carnelian (nice orange color), Azurite (same color as Lapis Lazuli but much cheaper and softer), Ammolite (similar to Labradorite but shades of red, yellow, and green – comes from fossilized Ammonite Shells), Chrysocolla (similar to Malachite but softer), Fire Opal (orange and red shades but sometimes has a color play of green or purple), Apatite (available in a wide range of colors and very soft), and Charoite (purple stone from Russia). Or you can stay with the typical Turquoise, Lapis, and Mother-of-Pearl. (Can you tell I worked in a jewelry store for 10 years? ) Good luck and whatever you use, please remember to post pictures of your projects.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 07-30-2013 08:37 PM

Ken – I appreciate your kind feedback.

DocSavage – Thanks and too funny on your coffee comment. Maybe an edible inlay is not so crazy? :)

amagineer – Once again I appreciate your feedback…you rock!. Fluorite is a great idea with a multitude of color options. Also, I would have never thought luminescent rocks…now you guys got my mental gears spinning…now to put myself in motion….


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#11 posted 07-30-2013 08:56 PM

leafherder – In one paragraph you saved me hours of research…no kidding, so many thanks for educating me. I will be sure to post photos after using some of your suggestions.
My experience with pink coral has not been pretty so not sure if I need a different material to grind/sand it down smooth. My uncle is returning from Russia with a chunk of amber and I am looking forward to playing with it. I am going to ask him about returning with Charoite as well.

Again, very informative and really do appreciate you sharing your knowledge and shortening my learning curve. ;)


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#12 posted 07-30-2013 09:35 PM

Wow, you create some beautiful pieces Shannon. I am new here at LumberJocks so excuse me if I sound ignorant but I have worked with finely crushed glass on art projects and seems it might be worth exploring as an inlay. I imagine it would sparkle nicely in the sunlight. Great project!

-- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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#13 posted 07-30-2013 10:29 PM

Did not know Rosewood could bend like that. Very nice.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 10:36 PM

That’s really very beautiful! I would love to read about your building and finishing process.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#15 posted 07-30-2013 10:42 PM

So beautiful, guess they sell really easy Shannon? i can’t think of an inlay though, but stunning work!
Maybe sand down different kinds of wood above the inlay part, so it rains down and sticks in different colors?

-- -Thomas -

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