Yule Jewel

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Project by leafherder posted 12-12-2016 04:55 PM 1427 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A variation on a theme and a nod to my Scandinavian heritage. The first snowflake of the season composed of three simple ingredients – wood, metal, and stone. Slice of a black walnut branch from my back yard, live edge and not completely sanded smooth (wanted a bit more rustic look). Brass wire to hold the rough tumbled chip beads of natural quartz, aquamarine, and moonstone (three 24 inch strands for $12). A bit of spray on semi gloss to seal the wood. Hard to tell from the picture but there are subtle differences in the front and back in the combinations of quartz and aquamarine beads. The most complicated part was figuring out the wiring pattern to attach the beads without glue – the process will be refined in future attempts. I hope you like it, questions, comments and critiques are always welcome.

Merry Christmas!

-- Leafherder

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#1 posted 12-12-2016 05:10 PM

I like it. Is this something you will be hanging on a tree? Hard to tell what the size is.


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#2 posted 12-12-2016 06:01 PM

Thanks Mahdee – yes it is a tree ornament – approximately 3.5 inches in diameter – with the stones on each side it is about 1 inch thick.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 08:36 PM

Nice and I like the addition of the one in the hanger too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 08:42 PM

Thanks rjR,

I guess we both have Christmas songs stuck in our brains. You hippos and me let it snow. LOL

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 11:00 PM

Nice,a light from the back and those stone will bright great!Merry Christmas to you as well!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 11:13 PM

Thanks for the comment Bud_3. The holes I drilled for the wire don’t let a lot of light through, so a light behind it gives more of a muted twinkle than a bright glow, but it looks nice on a Christmas Tree. And you have given me an idea for a future project, hmmm going to require more thought for how I can pull it off.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 11:35 PM

Real nice piece. That was a lot of intricate wiring!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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