African Etimoe Ring with Nickel Inlay design

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Project by Michael McKenzie posted 03-14-2017 02:27 PM 2049 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another ring design I’ve been playing with. I use wood-burning nibs to create shaped voids in the wood rather than drilling or cutting then out – then I pack it with Nickel Dust -365 mesh. A drop of cyanoacrylate hardens it. careful sanding – a micro-mesh polishing and some burnishing make the inlays for all practical purposes a solid piece of Nickel. The wood burning technique gives the inlay a nice thin black outline that I really like. I want to do more of these with different patterns. This one is NOT executed perfectly so I need to work on that.

I have some Copper dust and Brass dust as well. (careful working with these fine powders, wear particle mask and use gloves) I will post those results as well when the time comes.

Although Etimoe is nearly always sold in veneer form, ironically it has one of the best strength-to-weight-ratios (in terms of modulus of rupture as compared to average dried weight) of any wood in the world. The difficulty in getting stock Etimoe Lumber is a result of its conservancy.

-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 08:49 PM

This is very creative. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 10:06 PM

First: Welcome to Lumberjocks.
Second: Beautiful ring (and the other ring, and bracelet, and didgeridoo).
Third: Where do you get your metal dust?
Fourth: Did you bend the wood before or after creating the burned voids? (I do not see that the voids go all the way through the wood, but that might just be the camera angle.)
Fifth: Love my quote, my favorites are: “Life is but a checkerboard of nights and days, where Destiny with Men for pieces plays…” and “Ah Love, should though and I with Fate conspire to grasp this sorry scheme of things entire…”
Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Michael McKenzie

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 12:16 AM

It’s not advisable to burn before construction since we are bending the wood. The deep burns would compromise the veneer and it will splinter. Also, if you are applying a symmetrical design that needs to be centered or somesuch…that needs to be plotted on the finished band. Usually, half the depth of the band’s thickness is adequate for the inlays. Stop often while sanding to check your progress before you sand “through” an edge.

For the powders, there is a great selection at MAKERS MINERALS on Amazon: HERE

Thanks for the welcome, glad to be here

-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 11:31 AM

I’ve been gone from the forum due to health issues so what a welcome return to see work such as this ring. Rings have always been on my bucket list perhaps you have given me the inspiration to delve into the bucket. Nice Job.

-- - Michael "Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty..."

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Michael McKenzie

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 04:59 PM

@ mleedix : Its pretty rewarding because it takes about 2 hours of work not counting drying time and the 24 hr. cure before the lacquer. How many times have you been working with a nice piece of wood and had to wait Weeks before you finally get to see the what the wood was offering all along. This is good, immediate gratification for impatient people like me.

I’ve learned a lot of do’s and don’t-do’s – be sure to reach out if you think I can assist in any way. Thank you very much for the encouragement, we all need that.

-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 01:09 AM

Very cool! I have seen many wood rings with metal inlays, and metal rings with wooden inlays, but never anything like this.

-- Currently turning lumber into sawdust at The Foundry,

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#7 posted 03-29-2017 06:51 PM

Very Impressive! I love the style of Inlay!

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#8 posted 03-29-2017 09:40 PM

Thank you davidJohn

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