Wooden jewelry is slowly gaining popularity among different segments of the population, although it still seems too specific. In this article I will talk about creating a small pendant made of African zebrano wood and epoxy resin.
• Bore saw with miter box;
• Stencil paper;
• Grinding machine;
• Various grinding wheels and sandpaper;
• Polishing paste;
• Oil for wood;
• Accessories for jewelry.
To make the pendant, I took an old piece of zebrano wood with epoxy resin.
Then I printed a diamond stencil on paper and cut it out.
Glue the stencil on a block of wood is not advisable, so I sawed off bar a small die. Zebrano, by the way, saws terribly, especially along the fibers.
such a plate from which you can already make something.
But this die is too thick, so I decided to grind it on a grinding machine.
For this, I glued an additional a bar with double-sided tape.
The die is now of acceptable thickness and relatively flat, although even cured epoxy becomes very soft, albeit flexible, when heated during grinding. I had to cool the workpiece from time to time so as not to grind off excess epoxy.
Now we glue the stencil. I pasted it with an offset on a regular glue stick.
Now fitting to the shape. I made it on a grinding machine, but, if you wish, you can also cut the workpiece, which I partially did to save some of the wood.
Now you need to sand the paper off the blank. To do this, I also glued a block of tape.
Next comes the cutting of the blank. Fortunately, the machine has a movable table, and you can set the desired angle.
After cutting and a little refinement of the shape, this is a blank.
Now you need to replace the wheel with 100 grit by 500 on the machine, so as not to bother with manual grinding.
smooth and pleasant to the touch. But the epoxy is not transparent, which now needs to be refined with a high-grained abrasive.
I decided to start sanding with 1500 sandpaper to remove small scratches and align the texture of the workpiece.
No effect yet, so we continue to grind .
Next, I used 2500 grit to add transparency to the product. And shine, of course.
The letters on the sandpaper are already visible through the epoxy part.
This is followed by 4000 abrasives for primary polishing products, after which the future pendant already shines.
And finally, a polishing paste to bring the epoxy to full transparency.
By the way, it is better to use cotton fabric. With it, the polishing is cleaner and better. And faster.
And now, the product shines and shimmers.
Almost glass transparency was achieved with the help of the paste.
Now the installation of accessories. For the suspension, I, as always, used a bail. This time with a bronze finish.
To install the bail, drill into the upper edge suspension through hole 1mm.
Trying on the bail. Everything fits, nothing skewed. Means. can be covered with oil.
I used linseed oil with the addition of rosin and a small amount of carnauba and beeswax.
Then I evacuated the suspension in oil to make it soak faster.
And, finally, we install all the necessary accessories, that is, a bail and a special waxed string for jewelry.
And now, the product is ready. < br> Despite the small size and the presence of a finished workpiece, the project turned out to be quite difficult, at least due to the fact that I do not like long grinding and polishing of products, so I rarely work with transparent epoxy. But, the result pleases, the suspension turned out exactly as I intended it.
Good to everyone!