Cholla Cactus Bangle

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Project by BangleGuy posted 06-23-2012 04:55 AM 6936 views 14 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a brief photo description of my latest project. A piece of wearable art made out of a cactus! Who woud of thought that an Arizona cactus could look so cool :) Enjoy!

Here is that basic alumilite puck that i started with:

Then I use hole saws to cut out the bangle blank:

Rough the OD and bore the ID:

I then glue the bangle blank onto the stainless steel core and turn the OD

Sand and finish with CA:

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 05:00 AM

sweet work there

i’ve seen keychains and such from cholla

but this is really nice

well done

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 05:23 AM

Very nice, you expand our verity of rawmaterial. What is the blue colour?

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 06:22 AM

Wow that’s cool. Never saw anything made from Alumilite before.
Never even heard of it actually.

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 07:48 AM

Very cool!

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 11:35 AM

You’re 100% right: Who would have thought caucus could be so cool? But, it’s more than cool—it’s absolutely beautiful and your craftsmanship is superb. Thanks.for sharing.

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#6 posted 06-23-2012 12:30 PM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 06-23-2012 01:48 PM

That is really amazing!!

How did you dye the alumilite? I used it all the time but I’ve never tried dying it. Was it the normal white/beige stuff dyed or did you use the clear?

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#9 posted 06-23-2012 02:09 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments! I bought the alumilite cactus blank from another fellow on a different forum, so I can’t take credit for that. He makes these blanks for some type of turkey call (I think). I saw the blank and was inspired to try a bangle. His color options are pretty huge. I am trying a black one and a turquoise one next. I make the metal bangle cores, and stabilize the wood (not for this one though). Jewelry is fun to make on the lathe, a nice afternoon project :)

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 03:21 PM

Where do you get the stainless steal cores from?

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#11 posted 06-23-2012 05:00 PM

you are quite the artist. Just gorgous.

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#12 posted 06-23-2012 08:43 PM

@Kapanen asked “Where do you get the stainless steal cores from?”

I am new to LJ and not too sure about the rules for posting. The short answer is that I make the stainless steel and copper cores in Western Colorado and sell them on my website. I hope this doesn’t get me in trouble :)


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#13 posted 06-24-2012 04:47 AM

I hope we are not in violation of any rules….. You have a nice site, and I will have give this a try. I let the girlfriend see your work, and it seems like the only option now to keep her happy, is to get one of these on her wrist….lol

Thanks for sharing, look forward to turning one.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 06-24-2012 09:21 PM

Wow. The grain texture is out of this world. Awesome work!

I noticed an external link on your other project post. Is this still an active venture?


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#15 posted 06-25-2012 01:33 PM


Yes, is up and going. If you want to see more, stop in and see some of my other bangle projects. As far as the Cholla goes, I am working on getting another alumilite puck, this time in turquoise :)

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