Ornaments with Donuts

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Project by Doe posted 10-14-2013 04:38 PM 1531 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started when I was looking for cabochons for bottle stoppers. I got an assortment from Fire Mountain Gems that included some donuts. I made a couple of ornaments that looked great so I waited for a sale and bought a bazillion more. I also did some with dyed wood that looked. . . how can I say it . . . Christmas-y.

The first one is maple and lampworked glass. The second one is Verawood with Hemalyke™ and rainbow coating; the wood will look much greener in a few weeks on the windowsill. The third is yellowheart with mother of pearl. The last is cherry and green mosaic (dyed and assembled).

The kits are from PSI and Craft Supplies USA.

One of the nice things about the donuts is that you can do a bit of hollowing to reduce the weight (assuming you have some tiny scrapers). Here’s a picture part way through.

For this one, I think I checked the fit eleventy-eleven times because the donut was so uneven. I knew I would have to get rid of some of the tube but it’s not a problem with a rotary tool. It doesn’t have to be exact.

Warning: when you press the top over the donut, don’t go too far because you can break the stone in half. It’s better to let the stone spin a bit.

Because the mother of pearl was so bumpy, I put a layer of silicone cement under it. I haven’t done that for others and they’re fine.

I’ve also done some where the brass tube doesn’t go all the way through so there’s a round bottom.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 05:01 PM

Very Nice great work.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 06:55 PM

Those are beauties, Doreen! another place to buy cabs is Allibaba. They are direct importers…..........Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 08:12 PM

Thanks very much.

Jim, I just went down a road that may end up pretty expensive—Alibaba has some amazing stuff!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 11:59 PM

Beautiful work and great pics too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 09:45 AM

Wow, Doe! These are beautiful! Never knew about donuts like these. Checking out Fire Mountain. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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