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    A Few Ornaments

    I've been turning ornaments for the past few weeks, and finally took the time to get some photos taken. I sold about half a dozen before I was able to get any pics, but here's what I have now.

    I'm a rookie at turning these things...this year is the first time I've tried any. They were good finial practice, helping me get the hang of turning various spindle profiles and features. I didn't pay much attention to design continuity and it shows...I was primarily practicing technique and trying to get them done quickly. All the globes on the non-birdhouse ones were hollowed through a 3/8" hole, and they range in overall length from 5" to 6 1/2". The loops on the tops are silver jewelry findings I got at Michael's, with the wire shank folded in half and friction fit into the tiniest hole I could drill. (It's somewhere around 0.015" to 0.020", guessing from guitar string experience, but I'm too lazy to go out and put a caliper on it right now.)

    [Edit to add...] I just went and measured the drill bit. It's 0.05 inches in diameter. And the little loop thingies are called "eye pins".

    Ash with Dyed Ash:

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    Box Elder and Dyed Ash:

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    Maple Burl and Walnut:

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    Bocote and Ebony:

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    Zebrawood and Ebony:

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    Another Bocote and Ebony:

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    Red Eucaluptus and Ebony:

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    Yet another Bocote and Ebony:

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    And another Zebrawood and Ebony...this one is my wife's. I sold the first one she had dibs on, and was beaten severely for doing so.

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    Comments, questions, and critiques are all welcome.
    Last edited by Vaughn McMillan; 12-16-2010 at 12:49 PM. Reason: Updated hanging loop info
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    Ha man thouse are some great looking ornaments. Now if i had to say which ones are my favorate, for me it would be #2, and #8. Why like the box Elder on the house, and like the egg shape and the shape of the finials. Now that's just me and you will be getting a 100 different people liking different ones.
    Steve

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    Those are great Vaughn. I like number 1
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    Looking good Vaughn, now how did you get the finals so black? Felt marker?Dye? Paint? I tried the vinigar steel wool thing didn't work. Tried the ebony stain with the same result. Getting pressed for time here and need some pointers. Thanks
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    Drew, except for the black dyed ash birdhouse roof, all the black parts are just natural ebony. No finish even, just sanded to 600 and buffed with a Tripoli wheel. If you've got light-colored ebony, or you're trying to make some other species black, my suggestion would be black Transtint liquid dye, using DNA as a carrier. (You can also use water with Transtint, but it raises the grain, so you end up having to sand and re-dye a time or two.)
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    Nice

    Nice work.

    Once you can correct the sometimes 180 degree alignment error I think you have a shot at a future business.

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    Vaughn, they all look great, but I think #7 and #9 (your wife has a good eye) are the best. So as a customer I would choose no. 7.
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    Looks like you have been busy Vaughn!
    You tree will look great.
    Well done.

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    Those are nice...Methinks Santa and his heppers would be pleased! Next yr, perhaps I'll try some of these...still trying to shake the pen thing off....

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