Introduction: Wooden Bracelet With Inlays
Hi everyone, this is actually my first instructable and its something i made made last summer so im sorry for not having enough pictures but this wasn't really that difficult so i have confidence you can pull it off.
My goal with this was to impress a girl.. we've all been there so dont you judge me. haha. i joke. please forgive my bad humor ill bestow throughout this ible..
I estimate with buying some tools and supplies this cost me less than 50 bucks. mostly i just wanted to make the girl happy and for her to have something to show off.
Step 1: Step 1
Round wooden blanks
Glue cool things your lady-friend likes.
i chose a litte swallow and a leaf also a small brass plate for some reason i didnt photograph..
Stain, a brush to apply. i think i used cloth though..
little teeny brass nails i cut down in length
some green wire i thought would be a great accent.
mostly hand tools were what i used. ive since upgraded to some heavier things but..
small wood clamps
a wood carving set
small file set
most importantly your hands.
I began by gluing and clamping the 2 blanks of wood together to achieve the thickness i wanted.
then i set along the long task if chiseling and filing away the edges and the inside to form my basic shape.
Step 2: Step 2
This seemed to be more of the fun part and somewhat a bit easier. i drew a few general shapes i wanted on the blank and got to work
i traced the leaf shape out and decided since she liked feathers, that id carve on into it as well.
i then decided to put the swallow into its own ring and line it in wire.
Slowly i carved out the areas i wanted, making sure long the way things were lining up.
i knew she had fairly small wrists and carved the inside a but more until i thought it woud fit. since after all it was a surprise.
Once i was content with the inner dimension i started again on the inlay details.
i picked some green wire to swirl arout the inside rim and then cut down some brass nails to hold the leaf and plate into place.
As i said there is a small brass plate i wanted to etch something sweet into. little names, date we met that sort of deal.
At this point in the pictures most of this was done and i had stained it already as well.
then i glued everything into place and presto!
Lastly i put it into a cute little box for safe keeping and when the time was right i presented my item of courtship.
she was pretty happy with my newfound jewelry making abilities and so was I.
thanks for reading and i hope you enjoyed this and found some inspiration.
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9 years ago on Introduction
Great first instructable! Does she still wear the bracelet? I love the rustic design.
I'd suggest sanding any future bracelets much smoother and skipping the stain. Even reclaimed, cheap wood can have a beautiful sheen if you don't cover it up (I have no idea why wood stain is so popular, actually). If you use really really fine sandpaper (like micromesh) to finish it, you can make the wood so smooth and glossy that all you need is a thin coat of shellac to seal and protect the wood. If it ever gets scratched, it's really easy to repair the shellac finish (unlike the thicker finishes that hide the feel and beauty of wood like polyurethane)
If you get some epoxy, you can embed whatever you want to inlay and then sand the clear epoxy flush with the wood. :)