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These are fun and quick to make. I cut the centers out with a hole saw (sizes range from 2 3/8" to 2 3/4" diameter). Then I rough the outside diameter with my bandsaw, chuck them up on the lathe, and turn them. Working at Woodcraft, I have at my disposal a wide variety of exotic turning stock. In the first picture, from left to right, European Holly, Zebrawood, & Lignum Vitae…In the second, left to right, Claro Walnut burl, Amboyna burl, Tambouti (aka Sandalwood), Olive, & Elm burl. I like working with the oily exotics and burls the best. I've experimented with a few different finishes on these. Hut Crystal Coat (a turner's friction finish made of shellac & wax) is nice because of the short set time and high gloss but it's not the best "water tight" finish. If you have more time, a coat of shellac followed by a few coats of cyanoacrylate (super glue) and buffed with wet micromesh pads to 12000 grit is prefereable. But, I've found that just a few coats of shellac is good for all intents and purposes…not as watertight as CA glue, so just don't go swimming or shower with them on!

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Nice looking bracelets, I also us CA glue and micro mesh, It's a nice hard finish.
 

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Firstly Welcome to LJ's
Wow love these, the second picture with all different wood is great.
 

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Nice work!
 

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You know… My bride loves those big bracelets. She has a tone of them. When we are about to go out my normal thing to say is "Well Wonder Woman… You ready to go?"....lol

I'm going to have to show here these. Maybe this could be my ace in the hole to get the OK for a lathe…lol
 

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So beautiful, I have to get started for my Caroline.
Best thoughts and welcome,
MaFe
 

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Those bracelets are very beautiful and both of my daughters would love those. Nice work.

BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks; it's a great place for woodworkers of all kinds.
 

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love em…not for me physically…but love em!
 

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Wow! Welcome to LumberJocks!
I realy like these! I make finger rings and just started working with some exotics.
These are real nice, I have had a request or two for something like this, but never tried any.
Great Work! Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wonderful Bracelts! The woods are beautiful!
MrsN
 

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Wonderful work
 
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