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Wood and Turquoise necklace by SongBird55 Wood and Turquoise necklace by SongBird55
One of my larger pieces from my 3rd year contract. It was so hard to come up with an idea for this piece but once I did it was so fast and wonderful to make. It's huge and I love it.

Turquoise beads, copper freshwater pearls, sterling silver, cockabola wood, turquoise.
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PurlyZig Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
featured you in my blog here: [link]
JessDismontJewelry Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
awesome! do you have any tips on working with wood? I've wanted to use it in my pieces for a long time. How do you get the silver inserted in?
SongBird55 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Hmm tips on working with wood? Well to be perfectly honest it isn't that different from working with metal, it just sort of feels different against the tools.

Because the main base for this piece was wood I actually went to the woodworking teacher and asked for her help getting the base put together. We cut out the two main shapes on the band saw and I used a sanding belt to get the bevel on the edges. We then attached the two pieces using wooden pegs (holes are drilled in each piece and the peg is glued in to give the joint support).

For this piece I used a ball bur to carve out the areas I would be inlaying the metal into. Because I hadn't tried this before I cut a brass template that I put on top of the wood with rubber cement to protect it if the bur skipped.

To inlay the silver I simply formed the metal to fit the opening I carved and then glued it in using an epoxy the same way I would inlay anything into metal. I then sanded the area where the metal would be flush with the wood and polished the silver using a silicone softie.

If you're going to work in wood for jewellery be sure to use hard woods, soft woods won't stand up to wear and tear, they also come in an amazing range of colours and patterns. If you can try to find someone who works in these types of woods for things like furniture. They may have small off cuts they're willing to give you cheap and they'll be able to give you tips.

Finally to finish a piece of wood you should oil it, most oils will do, like machine oil or vegetable oil.

Okay so that's probably more than you wanted to know, but you asked for it :P Feel free to ask more questions if you dare ^_^
artsyjana Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Awsome Val!
SongBird55 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Thanks Jana ^_^
emily-strange Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Pertty :) Love the turquoise with the cockabola. I almost used that wood last year. Is it easy to work with? The one I used was not.
SongBird55 Featured By Owner May 29, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I've never really had any problems with it, I've used it before. It's a nice hardwood although when working with exotic hardwoods it's always a good idea to wear a mask. It's not a good idea to breath the dust.
emily-strange Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I used one when I was using the lathe. Although I can't stand wearing a mask, it makes me feel a little claustrophobic. I always try and avoid wearing one. Which I realise is a bad plan, but I just can't work when it's on.
SongBird55 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009   Artisan Crafter
What kind of mask to you use? I used to use the disposable 3M masks then got a canister mask for my birthday, SO much more comfortable...
emily-strange Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I use a 3M dust mask, I think wearing the canister mask might make me feel more freaked out from the look of it! ^^;

I think it's the fact that they cover my nose.

Ach well, I'll just force myself into wearing it when I need too :)

Thanks for the suggestion :)
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