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How to make Wooden Jewellery

5 Steps to start a new journey into the world of handmade wooden jewellery




Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. - A. Ashe-

NZ national Lockdown in 2020:

Start where you are: Christchurch

Use what you have: Timber in the garage.

Do what you can: Wooden Jewlery



Step #1 - Simplicity


First of all, visualize what you would like to achieve.

Please be realistic. If you're a beginner and never worked with wood before, start simple.

Imagine a geometrical shape you would like to wear.



Step #2 - Drawings


Draw that shape on paper, many times with different variations.

If it's a triangle, what shape, length, angle?

Be curious. Explore different ideas...



Step #3 - Timber


My partner had the garage full of salvaged timber from the Christchurch earthquake, I just used these pieces of buildings and furniture that he stored for years.

I started this journey with Kauri wood and Jarrah (see article) because I wanted a contrast of earthy and warm colours. The Kauri wood is like shining yellow/gold and the Jarrah is a rich red/brownish.

Now those are very rare to find, but you can start with any other hard wood.



Step #4 - Tools


It's time to list the right tools you need for the very basic process:


Cutting - Our favourite is the Table Saw. Easy to use for small pieces of wood.


Sanding - A sandpaper machine and infinite number of sandpapers. There are different brand on the market at different price points.


Drilling - A must in the shopping list is a cordless drill with the smallest drill bit diameter.


Polishing - This step can be skipped, however, if you're looking at obtaining best results, use steel wool to polish your jewelry before the finishing.


Finishing - We now use a blend of natural oils and a vegan wax made in New Zealand,

that leave the jewelry with a very smooth feeling and a natural aroma.

If you are just doing a test, use olive oil: it's natural and it enhance the colors of the timbers.



Step #5 - Practice


Like in every craft, the more you practice, the more it will come right!

There also tons of great books to read


Don't give up! It can only get better...


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