Purpleheart and emerald pendants

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Project by RunningDan posted 08-24-2008 10:59 PM 1881 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just getting into woodworking, and in order to practice I have made a few different pendants. This is a set of 4 purpleheart pendants each set with 3 small oval emeralds. I am getting married in May, and I was considering letting my fiance give these to her bridesmaids. I’ll just run down how I put these together.

1: I drilled 4 holes and cut blanks out of a board of purpleheart.

2: I cut the blanks in half, set the stones between the two halves (by scraping out a little material for the stones to sit), and glued the two halves back together.

3: I drilled holes for the chain. I filed, sanded, and burnished the wood smooth.

4: I applied 7 coats of lacquer with a q-tip (so I don’t need to worry about cleaning out a brush), and rubbed them to a brushed finish using sandpaper and 0000 steel wool

As you can probably see, the finish isn’t perfect. The flash on the camera does a good job of highlighting the imperfections. Also, the 4 pendants have a noticeable size difference when lined up next to each other. The biggest problem, though, is that the stones are recessed too far to really notice the green color. If I were to use this design again, I would probably cut a slit all the way along the bottom part of the pendent so that the sides of the stones could better catch the light.

I’m still trying different things. I have 3 other jewelry projects I have already completed, and I’m working on 2 more pendants that should have a much better balance of wood and stone. I’ll post them as I can get around to them. If anyone has any questions, suggestions, or comments, I’d love to hear them. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-24-2008 11:05 PM

Great beginning. I’m sure the bridesmaids will love them.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-24-2008 11:39 PM

that is really cool.

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#3 posted 08-25-2008 03:07 AM

those are cool.

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#4 posted 08-25-2008 03:09 AM

As an alternate idea, since the pendants wont flip over, how about a shallower blind hole with the stones glued in place? or perhaps blind holes on both sides with different stones?

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#5 posted 08-25-2008 12:48 PM

what a wonderful gift they will make.
I bought something similar to this once it looked like junk jewelry. THESE LOOK STUNNING!!!! Absolutely gorgeous.

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#6 posted 08-25-2008 06:20 PM

Nice, great idea

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#7 posted 08-25-2008 07:23 PM

I think I just found what to make my wife for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 05:43 PM

Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 10:34 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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