So many different wood objects can be turned on the lathe. They can be functional or artistic. Often when we think artistic, we think objects of art for our households.
But I challenge you to think objects that we can wear! Yes, jewelry is a gender neutral concept. And what a better way to show off that special piece of wood or to show off your turning talents!
And when you starting thinking jewelry, there are so many things that can be made!! How about: watches, earrings, broaches, cuff links, hair pins, barrettes, bracelets, etc.!!
|Using the Richard Joyner Off-Center Jig|
By: Arnold Ward
In this article, Arnold explains how to use the Joyner Off-Center jig to create small multi-axis turnings. He explains how to use the tool and then gives a tutorial on how to turn pendants. He tops off this article by providing some very interesting pendant patterns. This is a great article if you are looking for a small off-center jig or if you're interested in making pendants.
|Inside Out Woodturning – Making a Heart Shaped Pendant|
By: Alex Harris
In this project, Alex shows us how he makes an inside-out turning with thin boards. The finished heart shaped pendant would be a wonderful gift.
|Two Earrings, One Turning|
By: Paul Ross
In this project, Paul turns a thin disk on this lathe, embellishes it with some chatter, and then colors it with a soft tip pen. He then cuts the turning into two earrings. Check out how he does this fun turning.
|Making a Milliput Ring|
By: Peter Brown
In this project tutorial, Peter Brown shows us how he mixes two colors of Milliput clay to create a Damascus style ring blank. Then he shows us how to drill it to a ring size and then turn the outside on the lathe to get the finished ring.
Peter does a great job showing each step of the way and making this ring should be possible for most turners.
|Turning a Pendant (Necklace, Earring or Ornament) |
By: Jim Silva
In this short tutorial, Jim explains how to make a pendant which can also be used as a necklace, earring or even ornament. Jim describes each step in the process and provides some drawings that make it easy to using each procedure. This is a great introduction to making pendants.
|Dave Mueller www.aggieturner.com Page 1 Making Wood Rings with Stainless Steel Insert Centers|
By: Dave Mueller
In this photo tutorial, Dave shows us how to make a ring with a stainless steel insert and a wood exterior band. He also includes information on how to make the necessary ring mandrel that is required to turn the wood outside band.
Dave also provides the web site address for the inserts which are very inexpensive. He also includes a great chart showing ring size and the appropriate ID and OD measurements.
These rings make for a great gift.
|Decorating Wooden Rings|
This project is a follow-on article to the one published by Mark Knize in the American Woodturner, April 2012. In this article, they summarize Mark's ring turning technique and then go on to explain additional ways to decorate the turned ring. We always love when a turning concept can be taken to the next level.
|Hand Turned Wood Bracelet|
By: Erin Morey
In this photo tutorial, Erin uses a single piece of wood to turn a hand bracelet. She uses a set of Easy Wood tools to shape her bracelet. And to dress it up, she inserts InLace material into pre-planned grooves. The results are very nice and I'm sure we all know many people who would be proud to wear a bracelet this like!
|Turning a Rainbow Ring|
By: Peter Brown
Over the years many people have expressed interest in turning their own rings. The rings were destined for personal use, proposals and even wedding rings.
This month, we're featuring a ring made from colored pencils. The turning blank is glued up before being being drilled to size and then roughly cut on the band saw.
The hard part is the turning since the blank is made from many little pieces. So, gentle handling and light cutting is the order of the day!
And you can see a YouTube video of this project here: http://youtu.be/xPAK_jR-RKI
|Turning a Double Layered Ring|
By: Antonio Barajas
In this photo tutorial, Antonio shows us how he makes a wood turned ring with two layers, one inside of the other. He makes his wood rings this way to increase their strength. Wood rings are very thin, otherwise they feel too big on your fingers, so the double layer helps them be significantly stronger. There is more involved in turning your rings this way but the confidence that you can have with them is worth the extra work.
|Making a Necklace Pendant|
By: Hans Wunch
There are many ways to make necklaces on the lathe. We like this one because it's a two-part project where part 1 turns the outer shape and part 2 turns a little hole to attach the necklace string or chain. So, it's entirely a turning project.
It's also interesting because this turning is mounted to the lathe with double-sided tape. I'm a big fan of (good) double-sided tape for small projects. It's easy to use and makes the project very quick.
In this photo project, you get to see each step along the way to making the pendant. We're sure that you'll be able to do it. Now the only issue is how many are you going to make and what material are you going to use??
|Turning a Wood Ring with a Veneer Inlay|
By: Francois Audeon
In this detailed photo tutorial, Francois shows us how he makes a custom sized wood ring on the lathe. He uses a veneer inlay to provide beauty by creating contrast to the ring basis wood. It also strengthens the ring sufficiently that he can not break them between his fingers!
To me, he's got a winner!! Now it's time for you to try it out!!
By: Gary R. Smith
If you've considered making jewelry, making bracelets might be one item to consider.
In this photo tutorial, Gary's first project shows how turn a solid wood bracelet. He does an excellent job of photographing the steps to the work holding to ensure that you can turn both sides of the bracelet for the best finished item.
Then Gary shows how to cut a dado into the side of the bracelet to insert an inlay which really dresses up a single wood bracelet. Not to be outdone, Gary then shows how to make a segmented wood bracelet which would let to all kinds of designs for bracelets!
And finally Gary shows how he applies finish to the bracelet to make it ready for wearing including showing a wonderful holding jig.
This project ends up showing you how to turn 3 different types of bracelets!
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