Did you know that jewelry can be more than just precious stones? Although history may try to prove that shiny stones and gems are the standards of jewelry, wearable adornments can be made of any resilient material, the most adaptable of which is wood.
Wooden Jewelry has recently come back into popularity and is finally getting the props it deserves. The possibilities are limitless with wood, and creativity is the only limit when working with it, which means that your own woodworking skills are your only boundaries.
Here is how to make woodwork jewelry.
Pick a direction.
When it comes to working with wood to make jewelry, you are only limited to what you want your goal to be. Wood is so versatile that it can very easily be crafted into whatever shape, thickness, and size you could ever want to wear.
Across the internet as well as in specially shops and boutiques, you will find an increasing amount of wood crafted jewelry, with the most popular shapes and products being wooden rings, pendants, ear rings, bracelets and bangles, beads, and for the most skilled craftsmen even watches and sunglasses!
Selecting your medium.
To get started, you’ll need a plan, and once you do the fun can really start. After picking what you want to make, be it a ring to offer your beloved or a necklace made of the smoothest wooden beads, you need to pick your medium: your wood.
When starting out, koa wood is a favorite for beginners because it is durable, yet very light and workable. Other woods that are common to use when it is time to make woodwork jewelry is zebrawood, and rosewood among many others. Really, whatever type of wood you choose will not be a bad choice, as each offers a unique texture, weight, and finish that can fit any type of project you want.
Transforming your wood.
After you pick a wood, you will want to set out in carving your project. Depending on the project and intended final product, you will use power tools or simple hand tools to mold your wood into your intended shapes.
The molding and shaping of your wood doesn’t have to be a scary process, but if it is your first time working with larger power tools, be sure to operate the machinery under supervision of a skilled craftsman, at least for the first few attempts at making woodwork jewelry.
After you have used tools (either hand tools or powered) to mold and cut the wood into your desired shape, you will now use sandpaper to buff and soften your wood into its final product. Using sandpaper scrubs off the loose and coarse textures that are unignorable when running your fingers over the raw surface. Applying sandpaper in even strokes over the wooden jewelry piece’s surface will remove the unwelcoming texture.
Protect and personalize it.
After carving and sanding, it is time to put the finishing touches on the piece of wood jewelry. Your raw cut wood jewelry will need to be taken care of and protected from the elements as it is different from metal jewelry and can actually decay if not properly attended to. The best way to ensure longevity for your wooden jewelry is to stain, varnish, and oil them. This will keep them from absorbing unwanted moisture and deteriorating from the inside out over long periods of time.
Don’t be afraid to personalize your jewelry. You can paint it, stain it, or even insert stones into the wood itself. The project is yours, so don’t be afraid to get in there and make it personal.
Let your creativity out.
Let your creativity out when it comes time to make woodwork jewelry. Even unskilled craftsman can create something beautiful with wood, as long as they have a desire to finish what they started. Even the newest woodworker can whittle, carve, and sand down immaculate pieces of wooden jewelry. It’s a lot easier than you would ever assume it could be, and even more fun.