Well, I’m back at it. Making more ornaments. I had the best of intentions to make a tutorial around Christmas, but the busy holiday season coupled with trying to finish orders in time for the big day stole my attention. This is the beginning of a series of posts I’ll make to share my process for making ornaments.
The ornaments I make are typically comprised of a globe and finial. I usually start by making the globe because I can make the finials match better stylistically than making the finial first. However, if I was working from a sketch instead of designing while at the lathe, it shouldn’t matter which element is made first.
I like to make ornaments in batches of about 5-10 at a time so that I’m not constantly taking the chuck on and off the lathe. I start off by selecting my material for the globes. This can easily become the most time consuming part for me. I get lost in the colors and beauty if I’m not careful. I like to use stock that is long enough to make a few globes out of so that I can make more than one globe per piece I put on the lathe. Sometimes the pieces I select will need a glue block since the material is just large enough to make the globe.
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