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Working on some acrylic jewellery.

April 10th, 2012 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

(I’m sure there is a mini tutorial hiding in here somewhere) – First in line was this ring. I made it from acrylic

Acrylic Ring

Acrylic Ring

sheet, plexiglass. The saw had to do a bit of work but we got there in the end. – My elbow only hurt for a little while.

Once the, at that point, sort of oval form, had detached from the rest of the sheet, everything else was formed by filing and sanding. My arms are a little stronger now, great upper body workout.

 

Start sanding with coarse paper if you need to remove some of the material.

For the fine-tuning you can use higher numbers like 240 to 300.

When the shape is ‘final’ you can start to polish using the sanding paper, use very fine sanding paper starting with 400 and higher depending on the finish you would like.

You may also want to move to wet sanding after a while – remember to wear a dust mask at all times. The water helps to catch the little bits and pieces flying around and can made it easier to see the detail of the piece.

When you are happy with the look, make sure all the scratches have been removed, you can give the item a final polish after applying some polishing paste.

Whatever you do don’t rush, take your time sanding with different grades of paper to make sure all scratches are removed and the shape is as you want it.

The finished item can look like glass. In which case you need to be careful, every fingerprint and reflection will show. So no touching just before you take any photos.

 

Next on my list are some coloured sheets. As soon as the saw has recovered.

As the material is very light it is also suitable for earrings. This is were having just two hands turns into a bit of a problem, there is only so much we can do at the same time. And there is some exotic/precious wood waiting to be turned into jewellery pieces.

I will also try colouring the acrylic sheet, if it works, I will post a tutorial later. (After cleaning the kitchen).

More Wood Rings

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News | Wood - (0 Comments)

Just a tiny little preview of some “raw” wood rings, they will be next. They just don’t know it yet.

It’s another light and bright one, the other is precious wood.  The bright one must also the the “fattest” ring in the shop, well, at least so far, I’m sure he will be a little slimmer when he’s done. He may even get some colour.

Handmade Wood Rings

Handmade Wood Rings

Taking care of wood jewellery

March 30th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Jewellery Care | Wood - (0 Comments)

– in particular the rings made of wood that I sell in the shop. Some are made of precious/rare wood like Amboina Burl or Makasar.

Some rings are varnished to give them extra protection and make then shiny, especially if they have been coloured like this blue ring, (which is not finished just yet, needs another couple of layers),

Handmade Wood Ring in Blue
Handmade Wood Ring

others have been waxed. If the ring has lost its shine or the varnish looks scratched, you can renew it. Get some sanding paper, (not too rough), and go over the ring a couple of times, but only gently. You don’t want to take off all the remaining varnish and be sure not to take off the colour. (Unless that is what you wanted to do). Make sure the ring is dry and clean and then add another thin layer of varnish, or a couple of layers if necessary.

You can also reapply wax to a ring, that’s a little easier, just make sure the ring is clean and dry and apply the wax until the ring shines again.

The ring on the left can be found in the shop already, the blue one will follow as soon as the varnish has dried.  www.glasstwig.com

Handmade Wood ring

Handmade Wood Ring