This week on Popular Woodturning, host Tim Yoder shows you how to turn beautiful figured-maple pendants and then dye them in a 5-step process to create unique jewelry.
Tim says his friend and fellow turner Bruce Holden developed the process for creating these pendants. And as you’ll see, it’s a clever one. Tim starts by roughing out the blanks, using a drill press, hole saw and band saw. Then he shows you how to turn a simple mounting device to hold each pendant blank while refining the shape. Since the blanks come out of the hole saw round, it takes very little time to shape them with a sweptback gouge and sand them to their final form.
Then comes the fun part: coloring the blanks using several layers of different color dye, with selective sanding between applications to make sure the figure of the wood shows through.
The coloring process is simple but as you’ll see it’s a process you can use for bowls, vases, platters and any of your other turnings to give them extra pop.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy project you can mass-produce to give to family members at the holidays or sell at a craft fair, learn how to make wood pendants.