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December 9, 2011
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Oakbear
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Hi folks, i was asked to show some of my woodturning, specifically ear plugs, so here's some bits! The plugs are 2" with 14mm wearable area.

Burr poplar

Burr elm with aluminium inlay

English walnut

 

A couple of other bits to show i don't just do plugs!….

Masur birch and walnut lidded form 4"x6"

Burr elm wall plaque 27"

 

Hope folks like them!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 9, 2011
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Awesome work Oakbear! :)

December 10, 2011
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amazing work ive been wanting to start making my own wood jewelry for awile now and since i do some landscaping as a side job i always get my pick of wood i just need some tools and im gonna get started any tips?

December 10, 2011
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Thanks guys!

As for tips, i advise getting a couple of days turning tuition, or at the very least a good book. Check if there are any turning clubs in your area, as they are an amazing resource with helpful folks. When you have an idea of the basics, and you still want to turn, you'll have a better idea of what kit you need. Saves buying unsuitable bits, which can be a false economy or at worst dangerous.

I'm happy to answer turning or plug making specific questions should anyone require, as the info can be hard to get for body jewellery.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 10, 2011
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Those are some very gorgeous plugs Oakbear :)

December 10, 2011
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So glad you shared these pics! Now, how about trying the aluminum inlay in the form of, say, three parallel bars? :) I Really like the wall plaque. It's all very nice looking, to be honest. How long have you been at it?

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December 10, 2011
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Thanks for the kind words guys!

I've been turning about 3 1/2 – 4 years i think. I started because getting nice ear plugs in the UK at larger sizes was even more difficult and expensive than it is now! Having said that i don't really enjoy turning plugs compared to many other items. I've only made them for myself so far (except for a set of delrin labrets for my piercer), and only do so every now and then.

I have indeed considered some ideas for a uber-fancy COBM logo set, but am waiting for the right occasion….

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 11, 2011
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Wow!! Those are AWESOME!! I'm very jealous of your skill!!!! :)

December 11, 2011
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thanks for the tips if i have any m,ore questions ill definitly ask and you should totaly make some COBM plugs

December 11, 2011
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Very nice work! Is there any way possible you would make a pair that I could buy? I would appreciate it so much if you could. I understand if you can't or don't wan to. Still, your work is quite amazing.

December 11, 2011
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Thanks for the continued ego massaging! Embarassed

Brearun there's no need to be jealous, anyone can do it with practice! I've always been an academic personal rather than practical, and although i suppose i'm quite arty and creative, but i certainly wasn't a natural. A bit of perseverance though and i think i'm not too bad. It's helped my practical skills in other areas no end.

 

Joseph i don't have an interest in turning as a job i'm afraid, so don't make items to order. However i do have a friend, who is a professional turner in the UK, who has recently started making high quality custom order plugs. His are better than mine, and the attention to detail and finish is greater than i've seen on any other plugs. He could make something identical to any i have made, or whatever you fancy.

I'm at work atm so can't link to Facebook, but my profile here has my facebook link, which has a folder with a couple of pairs he's made, and the photos are public so you can check them out.

I recommend everyone looks at the blue resin and burr wood plugs he made for me. They are totally unique and very cool. He's making bits like that to order too, and can do just about anything, so if anyone is interested message me here or on facebook.

I can post about them in a thread here if people want, but don't want to be seen as spamming….

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 12, 2011
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December 12, 2011
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those where pretty cool i like the elm andbrass ones alot

March 3, 2012
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My name is John.  I've been experimenting with making my own custom jewelry for several months now.  I use a lathe to make wooden jewelry, and I use a water-based acrylic to seal and protect the wood from absorbing moisture.  Once fully cured, this finish is water-proof, durable, and looks great.

 

I am ready to make this a buisness instead of a hobby.  The next thing I need is a group of volunteers who are willing to receive a set of free hand-made, hand-carved plugs.  I am a talented artist, so I can carve just about anything you'd like.  I will work with you on the design and send you concept-sketches via email for your approval.

 

I will make and ship these plugs to you completely free of charge.  All I ask in return is your feedback.  I will create a simple questionnaire about comfort, fit, and finish for you to fill out, and I may have some follow-up questions after that, but this is all I need from you.

 

This offer is open to anyone in the world, CoBM member or not, so tell your friends.  I can make just about any size you'd like, but I prefer working above 1 inch.  Gives me more room for detail in my carvings.

 

Clearly, I can't keep this up forever, so this offer is open to the first 30 people who reply.  Please reply to me directly via email at SasQuatch9585@gmail.com

 

Once I am satisfied that I have a quailty product that will work for anyone, my jewelry will only be available for sale through a web-site created for that purpose.

 

I ask only one other thing from the volunteers.  Patience.  I work full time, so I will be doing this in my spare time.  Although I will be working as quickly as I can, it takes quite a long time to achieve the level of quaility and detail I strive for in my carvings.  It may take a couple weeks or more for highly detailed work.

 

However, don't let this stop you from comming up with an idea which is large and rich in detail.  Just because I'm doing this for free doesn't mean I'm going to hold anything back.  If you help me, you will not be disappointed with the way your jewelry looks.

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

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March 4, 2012
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That's a very generous offer!

I don't mind being a guinea pig, but have to warn you that the finish you are using is not likely to be suitable for plugs. I know food safe acrylics are out there, but the amount of skin contact, sebum and warmth really take their toll, and acrylic will release toxins as it degrades.

There's a reason why the educated avoid acrylic jewellery.

I've been experimenting with other finishes, but for a sold product it's risky, as no finish manufacturer is likely to recommend their product for such use. That's why so many plug makers don't finish or use something like beeswax.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
March 4, 2012
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Oakbear, holy shit dude. That is nice. I'm actually about to start a program in jewelry design. I can't wait.

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March 4, 2012
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Sounds exciting.  I hope you'll post some pics also once you have some finished products worthy of posting pics for.

March 8, 2012
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I'm afraid, after a two-week slow down in work, I've just been informed that I am no longer employed.

 

For this reason, I must suspend my offer of free plugs.  I no longer have the means to purchase raw materials that would go into the projects, and I will be spending my spare time trying to survive day to day.

 

When I get another job and a little extra cash I will re-open this offer, but for now I cannot afford to spend any time or money on such projects.

 

Wish me luck!

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March 21, 2012
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Oakbear,

 

I've always heard that acrylic releases toxins as it ages, but I've never heard anything more specific about what these toxins are, and what sort of risks are associated with exposure to these toxins.  Can you be more specific?

 

Whatever the risks, my jewelry is only covered by a very thin layer of acrylic, and so it must contain far fewer toxins than solid acrylic jewelry.  This would mean lower toxin levels, and lower risk, would it not?

 

If I chose to leave my jewelry unfinished the wood would certainly expand and contract with changes in moisture, leading to cracking and the eventual destruction of the jewelry.  If I finish the wood with beeswax it requires regular maintenance to ensure it is protected from moisture.

 

In either case, as you pointed out, sebum would begin to fill the hollows of the wood grain and become quite a smelly problem, making the jewelry undesirable for wear even before it begins to crack and change size on it's own.

 

In choosing a finish for my jewelry, I wanted something that would permanently seal and protect the wood against moisture, and give a high-gloss finish. This cannot be achieved with wax.  Also, using the acrylic coating, I can completely fill in the grain so there ARE no hollow places in the jewelry for sebum to settle and build up, virtually eliminating sebum as a problem.

 

Acrylic may only be suitable for temporary wear, but if I'm not mistaken, wood jewelry is only recommended for temporary wear in the first place.  The addition of a layer of acrylic both extends the life of the jewelry, and prevents the build-up of sebum and other foreign matter in the wood.  The only drawbacks I can see with this finish are the issue of toxins, and the as-yet unknown life expectancy of the finish itself.

 

While the product label claims the finish is durable, I'm sure it is untested in this application, so I can't be certain how long it will last in nearly constant contact with human skin.  Hence, my call for help.  However, solid acrylic is NOT untested as body jewelry, and while there are drawbacks to this material, it is widely used, and to my knowledge, negative side effects are few.  (The active phrase there being "to my knowledge")  I would greatly appreciate any information you can offer to help fill in my knowledge of the material.

 

I had considered a water-based lacquer, as this finish is used for guitars and other musical instruments, and so it must be in contact with human skin for great lengths of time, and to my knowledge (there's that phrase again) there are no negative side effects.

 

Do you have any knowledge or experience with water-based lacquer or any other finishing material that could provide a solid, durable, high-gloss finish without the drawbacks of acrylic?

 

Thanks in advance for any enlightenment you can offer.

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March 21, 2012
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these are amazing! i wish i had your talent. i've been wanting to start wood turning, but i am trying to learn about the best types of wood and hypo allergenic gloss solutions. it's going to take a lot of detail and practice before i start lol, but i think i know someone who could teach me a bit. 

 

do you know of any pottery like substances that can be baked and used that are effective and healthy? 

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