Walnut Acoustic Guitar String Inlay Bentwood Ring

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Project by BENTWOOD posted 10-11-2013 03:14 PM 3563 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a variation from my previous silver electric guitar string ring. it is made with walnut using a bronze guitar string inlay for a more subtle contrast. To me it has an even more rustic masculine feel using the bronze wire with the sheen toned down next to a similar colored wood.
Guitar string does not like to bend as you would imagine and this one was no exception. All those years being told “patience is a virtue”...I think I am finally starting to get it. :)

I would love you guys and gals feedback!


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#1 posted 10-11-2013 03:24 PM

Yes, I agree it is more masculine. However, I think I’d prefer a little more contrast and I still like the idea of black ebony and titanium.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 03:24 PM

how on earth do you finish these?!? your rings are all great. I do wish you would move your watermark off the center of the picture so I can take in the image without the blatant distraction.

how much do these weigh?

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 03:32 PM

John – LOL! Thank you and I promise I will get that black ebony on titanium completed one day. :)
I cannot find titanium ring cores anywhere and waiting for Bangleguy to start machining some.

Kevin – Thank you sir. Yes, it’s unfortunate I have to have the watermark in the first place but my images have been “robbed” in the past and if not on the ring anyone can just crop my image and claim it their own. I fully agree the watermark can be a distraction…maybe I will make it a bit more transparent…hmmm.


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#4 posted 10-11-2013 03:51 PM

Just noticed you’re in my neighborhood (well, greater Houston area). Are your rings in a retailer around here where I can see them in person?

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 04:09 PM

Great look using the guitar string Shannon – really nice job again!

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Tim Pursell

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 04:14 PM

Another stunning ring!

I wonder if you were to try to anneal the string before inlaying it into the ring, if that would help allow it to bend around the ring more easily. Sure would be a challenge to make that ring in size 4 or less!


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#7 posted 10-11-2013 04:45 PM

Sawdust – My home is my shop…or is it my shop is my home? :) I have had requests in the past to leave some stock rings at a few retailers but due to the custom order nature of my rings have been reluctant. For now, the online universe is my storefront. Thank you Al Gore for inventing “The Internet”. LOL

JR_Dog – I appreciate you taking a look. I am still waiting for those titanium ring blanks from Eric. If only to satisfy Hillbilly’s ebony/titanium desires. Heehee. Maybe you can put some fire under him. :)

Tim – Thank you and great idea! I need to look into annealing the guitar string. When heating the metal, does it need to be bent or shaped prior to cooling or does the heat give it elasticity even after it has cooled?
Thanks again for the help.


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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 04:48 PM

That is a real sweet ring,Shannon. I love the string inlay. That is so unique. Made for a guitar player!!
I sent this one to my buddy who is a lead guitar player in our park!

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

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 04:56 PM

Of all your rings, I think I like this best. The subtle colors and the repeating pattern of the string wrap is extremely attractive.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 10-11-2013 05:08 PM

Jim – Thanks. I really appreciate you forwarding to your friend.

lew – Thank you. Good to know how much you like it!


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#11 posted 10-11-2013 05:11 PM

This is awesome. I have to be honest, your work totally blows me away. Love this one, well, I love all of them. Great job Shannon

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 10-11-2013 05:44 PM

Another gem Shannon in your already very impressive range of bentwood rings. The walnut and the bronze string go well together a perfect match. I always look forward to your posts and inventive thinking and use of materials that are not normally used in jewelry. Keep them coming…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 10-11-2013 06:42 PM

I get impatient restringing my guitars, I’d go nuts trying to make something like this. Great stuff.

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Tim Pursell

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#14 posted 10-11-2013 07:08 PM

Shannon, I’m no metal expert, even though I did take metallurgy classes way back in college, but annealing, when done correctly, leaves the metal much softer (easier to bend). I would try it on a piece of guitar string, then bend it into as tight a circle as you can. The tricky part is knowing just how hot and for how long to heat any specific metal, as each alloy will require a different temp and time to achieve just the right softening. It’s usually close, but not too close to the melting point of that metal. Hopefully you have a source for relatively inexpensive guitar strings to test.


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#15 posted 10-11-2013 11:29 PM

This is nice and Great job

-- Waleed Waheed

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