Woodturning jewelry is not new. Many of us have seen earrings, necklaces and things like that. But have you considered a wood turned ring?
When I first thought of rings, I thought that they would be fragile. But I'm assured that they are not if you understand how to orient the wood and use good planning. One of the ways that I've seen to strengthen rings is to laminate the wood. Another is to use metal inserts or inlays. And I've also seen wood inlays as a strengthening vehicle.
Knowing that other people have made rings should give you some confidence to try it yourself!!
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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!!
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