Introduction: Mini Tree and Snowman Earrings
I love making small project like earrings on the lathe. They can be completed quickly and are great skill builders for developing good technique at the lathe - if you make a mistake and ruin the piece you don't have a lot of time or material invested.
In this Instructable I'll make snowman and tree earrings using different species of wood for each detail.
Poplar 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch x 8 inches
- I used a piece with lots of green heartwood
Walnut 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch x 8 inches
Maple 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch x 8 inches
5x11mm Screw Eyelets
Finish of choice
Skew Chisel, Spindle Gauge, Parting Tool
Drill / Drill Press
Step 1: Prep and Glue Up
Rip each species of wood to 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch at the table saw or on the bandsaw.
I used a crosscut sled at the table saw to cut each segment to length.
In the pictures you will see I prepared two sets of blanks each for the snowmen and trees. This will give me extra if I make a mistake.
1 inch walnut
1 inch maple
3 inches maple
3/4 inch walnut
1 inch poplar
3 inch poplar
Glue the segments end to end, clamp, and allow to dry overnight.
Step 2: Turning
The stock is chucked at the lathe with a jaw chuck. Begin by rounding each piece.
Next, use a pencil to mark out the major elements (like the 3 body segments and hat for the snowman).
Shape one piece, and then use it as reference to create a matching piece.
In general, you will work from right to left establishing detail before the connection point gets too thin.
Sand if necessary.
Step 3: Finishing
Mark the top center of each earring with an awl. This will help keep the drill bit from wandering.
With a 1/16 drill bit chucked in the drill press I hold each earring and move the earring into the spinning bit. You could also drill with a hand drill.
Install the eye screws by hand.
Bend a bit of wire to hold the earrings.
I dip them in an oil based polyurethane, wipe off any excess with a cloth, and hang to dry.
Step 4: Final Assembly
Install the ear wires.
A pair of jewelry pliers is helpful for this.
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