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Bentwood Ring – Rosewood with Guitar String Inlay

These are tricky. Guitar string is stubborn and bending them to stay in place is tough.
Those suckers like to stay straight but inlaying guitar string have taught me patience. :)

I am always looking for new and unique ideas to inlay but was also curious what other woods you guys might recommend for bending on a small scale like rings and jewelry.

I would appreciate any suggestions for woods to use or other inlay materials beyond the norm…the crazier the better. LOL

Shannon

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com





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MAXIMUSminimus

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 05:57 PM

Mixing metal with wood is really cool. My nephew plays guitar so will be sure to show him this.

I do not know much about woods but this website is very informative.
http://www.wood-database.com/

MAX

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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BENTWOOD

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#2 posted 08-03-2013 06:43 PM

MAX – Thanks and appreciate the link about different woods…very informative and will be very helpful.

This ring was made specifically for a musician who played guitar. Let me know what your nephew thinks.

Shannon

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 06:54 PM

That looks so cool, Shannon : ) A very unique offering.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 08-03-2013 07:12 PM

Shannon; the ring has a regal look to it. I enjoy your designs. It looks like you flattened the guitar string. The guitar string is a wire wrapped around another wire, so how did you know how far to flatten the outer wire so as not to expose the inner wire?
-don

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

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#5 posted 08-03-2013 07:19 PM

Hey Shannon, Another beautiful ring….rose wood is such a pretty wood and I would never have thought to use a Guitar string, very innovative. I guess you can use any of the soft metals like copper and brass, at least they would bend easier and stay in place while working on the ring. Also Stirling silver wire I think comes in various thicknesses and could be gently beaten flat and used as an inlay or just leave it round like the Guitar string. I don’t know how thin strips of acrylic would handle bending, the kind used in pen blanks. I am guessing they would have to be heated rather than steamed but they do come in a huge range of colours.

I am going to have to think about it more and maybe look at some of the Australian woods…. not sure if you can get them in the US. Any way the ring is as always with your work, beautiful and you must have a lot of patience.

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

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BENTWOOD

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#6 posted 08-03-2013 07:36 PM

Dusty56 – Thanks, glad you like it.

amagineer – Good question. The guitar string was actually not sanded until after the inlay which is probably why it was so stubborn. I too was worried the inner wire would be exposed and it would begin to fray in those areas but with very little sanding it flattened just enough. Your idea to sand the guitar string prior to inlay would most likely make it easier to inlay with less spring back action. Will try that out.

aussiedave – Thanks again for taking time to look at my project and offer some fresh ideas. The guitar string was difficult but I guess also why I felt compelled to try it as I do enjoy a challenge as they seem to be the most rewarding…if accomplished of course. ;)

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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MAXIMUSminimus

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 08:18 PM

Hey, have you ever considered grounded metal shavings from copper or aluminum? I imagine you only need a very small amount of material so it would be very inexpensive. What say you?

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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Ronald G Campbell

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#8 posted 08-03-2013 09:14 PM

Shannon you are killing me. The ideas you are giving me for my pieces is wonderful. I love the guitar string. Keep posting. You will see some of your work in my pieces soon.
Ron

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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BENTWOOD

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#9 posted 08-03-2013 09:15 PM

MAZIMUSminimus – Yes, grounded metal shavings are definitely on my “to-do” list. I am hoping they give a random sparkle when the light hit them.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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BENTWOOD

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#10 posted 08-04-2013 12:57 AM

Ronald – I have no intention to kill you, I swear. :) Looking forward to seeing your work.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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MAXIMUSminimus

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#11 posted 08-04-2013 01:49 AM

Also, shell can be bought in sheets or strips to possibly use as an inlay. Not sure of the bending quality but have seen them sold in sheets rolled in a package so imagine they have some flexibility but not sure if it would inlay on a ring before breaking.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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BENTWOOD

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#12 posted 08-04-2013 02:10 AM

MAXIMUSminimus – I have some crushed abalone shell and it was really tough to grind down so the idea of real shell in strips ready to inlay would be awesome. I will have to research it more but seems it would be rigid and not capable of tight bending but definitely worth further investigating. Thanks for the idea.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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#13 posted 08-04-2013 02:20 AM

Stunning ring!

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Dinger

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#14 posted 08-04-2013 04:28 AM

Mother of pearl perhaps? Not sure it could be bent around, but you were looking for a challenge… :)

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#15 posted 08-04-2013 05:55 AM

The guitar string is a nice look, I wonder if you were to anneal the string first to soften it then try to bend it around? (after it cools down ) I’m sure a machinist would know.

-- Vince

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