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Project by awsum55 posted 07-29-2019 05:11 PM 471 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had more trouble making this ring than any other. I struggled to get the color to look right. I dyed a light colored wood (not sure what I used) blue and red and they came out a deep solid color. I wrapped the core with both colors, then cut a groove down the middle and filled it with stone and blue glow powder. When I used CA to seal the ring, it pulled the dye out and bled the color onto the white stone. Tried it again and the same thing happened, but this time while removing the CA, I sanded through the red side and exposed the core underneath. Now I had to remove the red wood and re apply it to the ring. This happened a few different times no matter how careful I was.

So this time after repairing the wood I applied the dye again with a small paint brush, I sprayed the ring with a light dusting of lacquer to seal the dye first and then used CA over the entire ring. The blue and red side looked the same until I did the red over and then it didn’t reveal the grain anymore and looked solid red. On closer inspection the repair wasn’t perfect and it shows through the clear. Not very happy.

I purchased a product called Alumilite and decided because I wasn’t happy with the way the ring turned out I would try it on this ring. Alumilite is a UV curing resin. I built myself a curing box (2 nail dryers put together) to provide the UV light. It took about an hour and a half to cure completely. Then I put it back on the lathe to sand and polish.

Now I’ll have to have my wife wear it to see if the combination of CA, lacquer and Alumilite all holds together. I hope to make this ring again now that I know what can happen. If I do it right it should be a lot easier than the first time.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#1 posted 07-29-2019 05:18 PM

You have got some alien woodworking mashinery and technology!! Nice colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-29-2019 05:38 PM

nice work as usual,sounds like it was a pita but you figured it out and made a nice ring.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 07-29-2019 08:11 PM

Nice end result John – trial and error, that’s what makes things nice, too bad the error has to happen

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 07-30-2019 02:59 AM

Nice end results even if the process was a bear. Good job sticking with it and improvising.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-30-2019 03:55 AM

Thanks guys, I hope the next one goes a little better than this one. I can’t wait to see how the Alumilite holds up to daily wear. Practice makes perfect, right?

-- John D, OP, KS

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