After drilling a lot of rocks to make jewelry, I wondered if I could make something that is softer, and still maintains the haunting beauty of stone. So, I decided to make charcoal jewelry, which can be easily shaped, sourced, and made into beautiful jewelry.
Step 1: Sourcing
This is easy, but keep in mind the different types of charcoal you are using. Less burnt sections can mix into wood for cool details and highlights, different wood types can create different burn patterns and leave different structures, and shape and size are important. It’s all up to you!
Step 2: Drilling
We’ll use a standard drill bit to go through this. I recommend using an awl to poke a starter hole, and avoid crushing the piece. Keep the hole near enough to the edge to use a jump ring.
Step 3: Sealing
An important step in this, otherwise you will be stained with charcoal and it could break. I used a spray on varnish/sealer, but any plastic based finish or acrylic which adds a protective layer will work. Remember, this jewelry isn’t indefinite, but that’s the point.
Step 4: Wear
Enjoy! This one of a kind jewelry is sure to turn heads. It fits well with many styles, and shows your connection with the outdoors through a new form of wood! Good luck!