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Offline jbasen

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Necklace
« on: February 22, 2016, 07:15 PM »
Not the type of project you typically see on the FOG.  I got a new lathe (Jet 12-21) and decided to start out making something for my wife.  The necklace is made of 3/16" diameter beads.  They are hand turned from ebony, black walnut, white oak, and hard maple.  The fittings are all sterling silver.

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Offline Don T

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 08:05 PM »
Nice job. Making brownie points with the wife.
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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 08:21 PM »
That is really nice.  I especially like the five layers of beads.  Makes for a spectacular design.  How did the wife like it?

Thanks for sharing.

Mike A.

Offline Kev

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2016, 08:37 PM »
That shows a degree of patience I'll never have [embarassed]

Offline jbasen

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2016, 11:09 PM »
Thanks

I'll be giving the necklace to my wife on Saturday night.   ;)

Online Cheese

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2016, 09:48 AM »
Real nice job...just curious as to how much time you have in it?

Offline jbasen

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2016, 01:49 PM »
Real nice job...just curious as to how much time you have in it?

Thanks.  This project took a ridiculous amount of time.  I would turn blanks that were around 5/16" square by 3"-4" long down to a cylinder that was 3/16" diameter.  I would then sand the cylinder down to 1000 grit.  Next I would use a diamond shaped tool to place marks down the cylinder where I would make my cuts to create each bead.  Next I would change my tailstock out for a drill chuck with a 1/16" brad point drill bit.  Next I would drill deep enough for just over one bead, remove the work piece from the lathe, cut off the bread, wash, rinse, repeat.  Finally I would put the beads on a stand I built and spray them with high gloss lacquer.

The problem is that the drill bit would start to wander off center.  Typically after a few beads I would have to throw away a bead and create a new center mark on the work piece to set the drill bit in.  My yield for each work piece would only be about 1/2 to 2/3 of the beads that I actually turned.  If I drilled deeper the wandering of the drill bit was worse.  The problem with wandering also varied by the type of wood.  Oak was the worst.   In the end, 10 beads took at least a 1/2 hour to produce.  When you think of how many beads are in the necklace, you can get an idea of how long this took to complete.

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2016, 03:09 PM »
Very nice Jay!  Look at the creative juices flowing in you!  I would never have the patience.  She is going to love it.

Offline jbasen

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2016, 05:11 PM »
Thanks!

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2016, 10:35 AM »
FWIW, I looked at your picture originally form my iPad and the picture was oriented with the clasp at the 12:00 position.  And now viewing it on my Macbook Pro, it's laying on it's side.  Must be a forum thing.

Offline ear3

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Re: Necklace
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2016, 03:41 PM »
Great patience and even greater result.
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