Introduction: Old Jeans & Wood Jewelry.
A great example of recycle old denim pants or jackets! Actually, a small piece of them.
Learn the simple process of how to change leftovers into beautiful earrings and pendant.
To view the process of making this awesome jewelry in motion, watch the video above, and if you like it, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- denim fabric (or any other one you like) from old clothes,
- wood veneer,
- pinch bails, ear wires,
- wood glue, CA glue and activator,
- clear varnish
- sharp knife
- mdf pieces and packing tape
- scrollsaw or coping saw
- small files, sand papers and belt sander would be nice
Step 2: Veneer Lamination and Layout.
I chose the wenge veneer for this project. It's good to match the wood to your fabric so that together looks AMAZING ;) My wife wanted a dark color, so the choice was limited. I cut the veneer into square pieces with dimensions 6 x 6 cm (it will be THAT much inches... ;P ).
Then I glued the two pieces together so that the wood grains would cross each other. Next I placed that sandwich between two pieces of MDF wrapped with packing tape and pressed it with clamps. I left it all to dry the next day. The glue may have a drying problem because it has poor access to air, so it is better to leave it for longer than it says on the glue package.
I designed the jewelry on the computer, then arranged as many as possible on the surface I had (6 x 6 cm) leaving space for cutting the material. For a pair of earrings, we need to cut four pieces of our plywood, better secure ourselves and cut a few more, we can always spoil something. I ruined two...
I printed the layout and glued it to the wenge plywood with double-sided tape.
Step 3: Cutting the Shape
The next step is to cut our tile into individual elements using a coping saw or scroll saw. It is best to cut next to the line so that the excess can be cut with a chisel or grind off. The inner part is easiest to remove with a thin chisel, the only one I have the right width is part of my SAK (my best tool!). I made this work in two elements, they will be the front of the earrings, and the back will be solid.
Step 4: Cutting and Gluing Fabric
On a selected piece of fabric, I arranged the element with hole so that the fabric pattern would harmonize with wood grain. After cutting the right piece of fabric, I squeezed it between the front and back element, and covered the edges with CA glue.
Step 5: Sanding, Sanding and More Sanding...
Now the time has come for the most time-consuming part. The protruding fabric should be sanded with the sides of the plywood, I tried to do it manually, but very quickly I jumped on the belt sander. During this process, we give the final shape of the jewelry, make sure that the sides are even and the whole is proportional.
Then I covered all wooden elements again with CA glue for stabilization. Make sure that you do not glue the fabric inside the pendants, it can be damaged and/or discolored. Next I sanded everything again, this time on a finer sandpaper. At this point, I decided to add chamfer on every corner, were they needed? It depends on your taste. I made the inner bevel carefully with a knife, it's always good to cut in accordance with the wood grain.
Step 6: Finishing
The last steps to make are holes for hanging our jewelry, applying varnish on wood (I applied two layers), and fastening the pinch bails and/or ear wires, etc.
Small tips: the fabric is easiest to clean from grinding dust with compressed air.
And that's all! You just have to put on yourself or give it to someone nicer ;) (as I did).
Sorry for my English!
Step 7: Taaatadadaaaaaa!
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