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Forum topic by Dustin posted 11-08-2018 01:53 PM 459 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2018 01:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe finishing

So, I’ll post a picture on here eventually, but I just completed my first attempt at turning a ring a couple weeks back (my original wedding band was all beat up, and wasn’t much to look at). I purchased my hardware and tools (ring cores and bushings) at Craft Supplies USA . As with many of my small turnings, I finished the ring with several coats of thin CA, then buffed out to a high gloss with Meguiar’s.

Now, in the last couple of weeks, I’ve tried to take care of it, noting that it’s water resistant, not water-proof. So I don’t shower with it on, but I also don’t remember to take it off each time I wash my hands, either. The finish has held up pretty well, but now I’ve got some folks asking me about making them rings. Before I go selling something, I’d really like to know that my product is going to hold up.

What are your thoughts? Should the CA finish hold up as well as I’ve seen it do on my pens? I’ve seen turners on youtube giving their rings (usually bentwood over an epoxy formed core) a UV activated resin bath. I wouldn’t object to doing something like that in the long run, if these are really popular, but I’m also afraid that the thickness of the resin will affect the fit of the already sized ring core.

Anyone here make and sell rings regularly enough to have gotten feedback on how the finish is holding up?

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#1 posted 11-15-2018 06:36 PM

You’re going to get a lot of different opinions on this.

Several times, I’ve seen people point out that CA glue is not a durable finish. I submit the truth of that is dependent on how it’s applied and the use of the item to which it is applied.

I am a HUGE fan of anything that will soak in. While a long time, nationally known expert claimed different, I take the position that, if it’s not evaporating and is soaking in, it’s filling wood pores. Consider the more extreme process of stabilizing as an example.

If a finish soaks deep into the wood, then abrasion on the surface only reveals more protected surface. If you get enough in, it should alter the characteristics of the wood.

For the forgoing reason, if you use CA glue, thinner might be better.

There are finishes just for rings and other jewelry:

For me, something like a ring, which does see showers, hand washing, chemical abuse and so on, I suspect there are better finishes than CA. Perhaps the above. That said, nothing prohibits you from applying penetrating finishes, allowing them to dry, then adding something like the ProtectaClear.

Like many wood projects, absent a several mil thick coat of resin, it’s going to need maintenance. Maybe you can incorporate a plan for touch ups into the price of your rings.

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#2 posted 11-15-2018 07:29 PM

clear fingernail polish ??

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