|Project by TheDane||posted 355 days ago||1272 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
Decided to turn another batch of pendants using the jig I bouight from Ruth Niles ( http://nilesbottlestoppers.com/Pendant-chucks.html ).
After making a couple of varying sizes, I decided to standardize and create a mounting block that takes a disk that is 2” in diameter.
I’m still playing around, trying to refine the process to turn them quicker, improve the quality, and decide if I want to start making them to sell.
The process I am using now …
1) Cut a 2 1/8” circle out of 3/4” stock on the bandsaw
2) Mount the circle on a waste block on my scroll chuck (using double-faced tape)
3) Turn the circle down to a true 2”
4) Split the circle into 2 disks with a parting tool
5) Mount one of the disks in the Joyner chuck, true up, drill the hole for the cord, add accent grooves to the back, sand to 800 grit.
6) Flip the disk around, and do the off-center work.
7) Add acrylic paint for accents
8) Turn the front, tapering down from the center, sand to 800-grit.
9) Finish with 2 coats of lacquer, string beads, etc.
In terms of materials, they are cheap to make (under 20 cents apiece), but I have close to an hour of my time in each pendant … way too much time for something that is only going to fetch a few dollars at a craft show. I’m not sure they are worth the effort … maybe I should just give them to family and friends?
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"