This project is incredibly quick and easy to do.
If you would like to watch my quick build video you can see it here:
- Scrap Wood
- 3.5mm Male to Female Headphone Jack
- Spray Polyurethane
- Belt Sander
Step 1: Turn the Scrap Into Pebbles
I raided my scrap bin for some small pieces of hardwood. I chose some Maple, Walnut, Zebrano & Wenge(?). I also used some Padauk but I ended up scraping that piece as the finish wouldn't dry on it for some reason.
I cut the scrap wood I had into random sized block. Not too large as they will be a necklace, but not too small either.
I then free hand sanded them on my belt sander. As usual this can be done by hand but a belt sander is a lot faster. I just repeatedly sanded the corner and rounded over the edges until the shape started to resemble a pebble. I then further smoothed the edges by hand with some sand paper. I sanded them all to 320 grit.
Step 2: Drill Holes & Spray Finish
To get the pebbles on the necklace they need a hole in them. So I used a 3mm drill bit in my drill and drilled a hole through the centre of the wooden pebbles.
I then sprayed then with polyurethane to give them a nice shine and help protect them too.
Step 3: Make the Necklace
I wanted to try an Idea I have had for a while. I wanted to use a 3.5mm headphone jack as the necklace and use the connector as the clasp or latch mechanism. I cut the wire an threaded the beads on. I used Sugru to secure the connector back onto the cable but I wasn't happy with how it turned out.
I think a better idea would be to cut the cable in the centre, thread on the pebbles, then add heat shrink tubing to connect the two pieces back together. Then secure the join inside the centre pebble so it cant be seen. I really should have done this instead of using the Sugru. But at least I know now.
That's all there is to this project. Nice, quick, easy and simple to make. I think it would be a great project to get kids involved with. Especially on a rainy day.
I hope you like it :)