Intro: Wooden Bracelet With a Four Leaf Clover Frozen in Epoxy - No Lathe Needed!
Welcome to my post!
I will show you how you can make a wooden bracelet with an epoxy inlay with a four leaf clover.
Step 1: 1.
First step – we need four pieces of wood, preferably in different colors for a better effect. I’m using walnut and ash; this gives a very nice color scheme. The smallest piece of wood was 13.5cm x 8.5cm x 2cm
Step 2: 2.
Next step is glue all four pieces together. Make sure the faces that will be glued together are flat. I suggest running them through a jointer, this will ensure the best glue up.
Step 3: 3.
When the glue dries we need to clean up the wooden block and make sure that two sides are flat. This is important for the next step.
We need to mark the center of the block and on a pillar drill using a large forstner bit (mine was 7.5cm) we need to drill a hole. The size of the forstner bit depends on the size of your customer’s hand.
Step 4: 4.
Now we mark the size of the outer border of the bracelet – I just used a roll of tape to mark my outer circle. Then we move to a bandsaw to cut out the shape.
Step 5: 5.
After that we just need to clean up the band. I’m using a random orbital spindle and belt sander to achieve the final shape.
Step 6: 6.
Next we are back at the bandsaw and cutting the band in half – now we got two. You can use less layers of wood or have them thinner. But in this way you can produce more bracelets in one go.
Step 7: 7.
In the next step, using a drill and a forstner bit we drill a hole in the bracelet. We need to clean it up and from the inside of the bracelet we will be using a transparent tape to cover the whole hole. Make sure you are extra careful in this step and do a good job in sealing the tape. This will prevent the epoxy from dripping out. On the top I’m using hot glue around the hole to create a border so epoxy will not escape or cover the rest of the bracelet.
Now it’s time for the epoxy. Mine comes in two parts that need to be mixed in equal amounts. For better results with no air bubbles I have put the part A (not the hardener) in warm water for few minutes. It will become runnier and it’s easier to mix it. Pour some of the mixed epoxy in, wait 5 few minutes and then place the four leaf clover in the middle and gently sunk it in the epoxy. After few minutes pour the top coat on. And now leave it to cure.
Step 9: 9.
After that we remove the tape and glue and proceed to sanding. First of all I’m back at my random orbital spindle and belt sander to get the shape back. Then we need to sand the project starting with grit 320 right up to 3000. In my case grit 1500 and 2000 was wet sanding.
Step 10: 10.
In the next step I have used some Danish oil to bring the best from the wood, total of two coats. Then I have used a buffing compound and a buffing wheel to bring the sheen to the bracelet. And the bracelet is now ready for you to enjoy.
You can also check my YouTube video with the whole build, link: