Hi everyone –
After a long heartfelt conversation with a gorgeous sugilite cab
that has been sitting on my bench unused for a few months, it has
come to my attention that i need to figure out how to do some
woodwork. this particular stone needs something warm around it, and
no other idea i’ve come up with is making me happy. so… the time
has come to start working with wood. what i want to do is very
simple, but given that the last time i worked with wood was probably
2nd grade art class with popsicle sticks, i need some help.
the project is seemingly simple: i need a slice of wood, probably 1
1/2 inch square, and a quarter of an inch thick.
I would like to drill a hole through the wood at the top to pass a
leather cord through, although if that proves tricky, no problem, i
can work around that.
lastly… i need to connect bezels to the wood. one large one and
probably four smaller ones that will be made of silver.
how do i do this?!
find the wood. got that. cut the wood – any chance a really heavy
jeweler’s saw would do the trick?
drill the wood… ok even i should be able to figure that out
although i’m concerned about cracking/splitting so any guidance would
be welcome. i imagine i sand it similarly to metal?
lastly… the bezels!!! what do i do here? i’ve seen tons of wooden
jewelry with even set diamonds set in and i can’t imagine they’re
simply glued. i don’t want to do that. do i make grooves in the wood
and then tabs? do i make the silver go all the way through the wood
and then set it from the back? that doesn’t seem terribly
anyway… looking forward to the ever-giving knowledge fountain that