MCW Nov. '13 Program
Nov 12, 2013Public
Photo: The podium view of an attentive MCW crowd ready for a pair of demonstrations of jewelry making -- pendants and bangles.
Photo: Stan Wellborn will demonstrate pendants.  Start with a turning square of a nice wood, turn it round, and saw off a piece (don't saw round things with a band saw without an appropriate sled for support).
Photo: Here are some sample pendants in a variety of woods.  Note that the off-center holes are chamfered as part of the eccentric turning, not just drilled.  Some pendants are incised with additional eccentric designs.
Photo: Stan provided a list of useful tools and references.
Photo: This is the Joyner Off-center Jig from Ruth Niles.
It is the basis of pendant making in this demonstration and is available at a very reasonable price.
Photo: The jig is used in conjunction with pressure-sensitive, double-sided tape.
Photo: You'll need a waste block attached to the backer plate of the jig with the pressure-sensitive, double-sided tape, and the work piece is similarly attached to the waste block.
Photo: Here are some examples of completed pendants.
Photo: The Joyner jig attaches to the headstock through the use of a Morse-taper bottle-stopper mandrel, onto which it is screwed.
Photo: An instruction manual for making pendants is available.
Photo: Materials other than wood can also be used.
Photo: The turning is begun with the jig on center.
Photo: A spindle gouge or bowl gouge can be used to profile the edge.  Mind the grain to determine the correct cuts.  For a cross-grain piece like this, cut in from the side grain.
Photo: This would be the correct downhill cut if the piece were endgrain.
Photo: After the shaping, drilling, chamfering, and decoration is done, sand the piece to your desired degree of shine.  Stan likes the foam-backed sandpaper.
Photo: The Joyner jig can also be used to make decorative inserts for box tops or bottoms.  The inserts can be patterned.  This "universal work holder" handled pin vise is an example of a way to hold such a piece when working on it.
Photo: One way of designing a pattern is the principle of the popular zentangle family.
Photo: Mike Colella made a large batch of bangles for sale at craft shows, such as his recent gig at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
Photo: Depending on the materials and complexity, they sell in a wide range of prices.
Photo: A bangle begins with a square of wood with the center cut out with a hole saw.  The "holes" are very handy for pendant blanks.
Photo: With a proper method for holding the blank, the corners can also be removed with a hole saw.
Photo: Higher-end bangles are based on glue-ups of a variety of woods in different patterns.  This balanced sandwich is the simplest version.
Photo: Here is an example of a blank with the inserted wood segment on a diagonal bias.
Photo: That begins like this.