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Wood meet Metal....Metal meet Wood - waterfall bubinga bentwood on stainless steel metal core

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Project by BENTWOOD posted 202 days ago 1968 views 6 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first bentwood ring with a metal core so be nice. :) Most everyone loves the full grain look of a bentwood ring but some are not convinced just how durable they are even at a narrow 2mm width so…enter the metal ring core.

This metal ring core is typically joined together, but I left a gap of about 2mm between the two metal edges to display more bubinga when wearing and left a narrow band of wood visible at center inside ring (not shown in photos). I grounded the two inside edges smooth to taper and it feels seamless inside but I was wondering if anyone knows of a metal fill that resembles stainless steel and can be smoothed. I have seen an epoxy steel putty but not sure it would work.

Bangleguy was so kind to send me a sample of his two metal ring cores and JR_Dog has given me tips on the metal cores along the way so thank you both for that. Kudos as well to my other LJ buddies that have given me valuable input and ideas.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com





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lew

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#1 posted 202 days ago

That is absolutely stunning!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Ronald G Campbell

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#2 posted 202 days ago

Very well done. I have been using cores and blanks from Bangleguy for almost 1 year and the bracelets have done great. I have not yet done any rings. I have this fear of the number of times a person washes their hands without removing rings. You have made many rings and you should know if their is any problems. I assume you have not had any finish problems as you continue to make high quality rings. Keep up the great work

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

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 202 days ago

Wow Shannon another great one. To think this is your first attempt as metal as well… Blondie and I are boxing up the wood for you today. I got busy at work this week and for got to box them up. ( sorry ) Ill shoot you an email after the weekend to talk about on of the rings I want to buy as well. Time to dig up the front yard and put sprinklers and new sod in Ugh….Have a great weekend.

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

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 202 days ago

Very…very nice Shannon, the only thing that comes to mind for what you are asking is a stainless steel weld to close the gap, maybe a silver solder to blend in? shrugs

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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leafherder

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#5 posted 202 days ago

Another beautiful ring and another successful expansion of your brand. Congratulations! This opens up a lot of new and exciting possibilities for you – different colors of metal, different types of wood, different textures, wow my head is already spinning. Have a great weekend.

John

-- Leafherder

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bazz135uk

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#6 posted 202 days ago

Shannon Raises the bar ! Looks so Good Shannon :: Something I have not yet made but think with the cost of the stainless cores,, I think if It was me I would be looking at turning cores to match from Silver.
You would find it so much better to work with and may be suprised to find it cheeper than the pre made stainless cores. Ive just checked in the States you can buy Silver at $22.00 per ounce. Cut it shape it melt it turn it ! Your work is done with such care I think you could Turn Silver cores no problem on a small pen Lathe. Do a Google search for Silver Prices USA.. Stainless can be quite difficult to work with ,but Silver is a treat to work with. Good luck Regards BazzA.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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BENTWOOD

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#7 posted 202 days ago

Lew – Thank you!

Ron – I have bent a few bangles but yet to pull the trigger listing on website and Etsy until I have a solid portfolio and am 100% comfortable duplicating the stock pieces…I am weird that way. :) I am looking forward to the new solid ring and bangle cores Bangleguy is currently rolling out. No problems with CA as bond and finish.

Ken – What’s taking so long…lol. Nah, you are too kind. I look forward to receiving it. PM me later and NO, you are not buying a ring…a deals a deal…otherwise I will feel guilty. :) Goo dluck on your weekend warrior project.

Blackie – Silver solder is a great idea although I will most likely end up with crispy charred wood…aahh. :/

leafherder – Thank you very much. I am hoping metal cores will take off but it will be awhile till I offer for sale.
I am planning on using copper and titanium cores as well. This is a refreshing distraction from my inlay material hunt mode I have been in lately. :)

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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BENTWOOD

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#8 posted 202 days ago

BAZZ – Excellent idea. I found some silver blanks that I am hoping might work as well. Surprisingly they are half the cost of the stainless steel and you are correct, silver MUCH easier to work with. Thank you, thank you!

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 202 days ago

Gorgeous ring, Shannon : ) What size is it ?

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 201 days ago

Hi Shannon. That is a gorgeous ring. I don’t know of anything you can fill that gap with that will look like stainless. Maybe you could try to put silver Testers paint in 5 minute epoxy and then shave it flush when it drys in the gap. When I wanted to dye the epoxy black, I bought some Testers black model paint and it worked just super. I have yet to add it to Bondo where I have another need for that filler in black also.

Just a thought!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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BENTWOOD

350 posts in 281 days


#11 posted 201 days ago

Hey Dusty. This one is size 11…easier to learn using larger rings.

Jim – Tinted epoxy just might work. Thanks for the suggestion and kind feedback.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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woodenwarrior

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#12 posted 201 days ago

Do you ever grow tired of being told your work is freaking amazing? Because it is.

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

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BENTWOOD

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#13 posted 201 days ago

woodenwarrior – I appreciate your positive feedback and taking a looksy.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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WoodenFrog

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#14 posted 201 days ago

Beautiful! Waterfall Bubinga! Very nice looking ring!

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

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WoodenFrog

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#15 posted 201 days ago

Why not try to fill the gap with Ground stainless powder and CA glue or Epoxy? Just a thought!

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

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