What’s happening Youtube, this week I’m working
on a very special commission. I’ve been asked to inlay this golden wedding
ring into a wooden ring. I’m going to show you the whole process of
how I made a wooden ring and inlaid someone’s gold wedding ring into it. BEGIN! This video is brought to you by Skillshare.com. Skillshare gives members unlimited access
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sign up and get two free months membership today! No on with the video … I began by making the inside lining of the
ring which in this case was Santos Rosewood. I cut a 15mm slice of rosewood veneer and
sanded down one end of the piece so it was paper thin. Then I soaked it in cold water for about 30
minutes. With the wood soaked I secured it around a
wide socket using a bit of tape and waited for it to dry. I peeled the tape off and was left with a
beautiful wooden swirl to make the inside of the ring! Next I took a socket that was roughly a ring
Size 11 and wrapped the wood around it to form 1 layer. I cut away the excess wood with a scissors
then sanded the edge so I could begin gluing my first layer of wood. To glue up I used a cocktail stick and some
medium thickness super glue, just applying a small amount and pressing the overlapping
flappy bit down until it was stuck. After sanding the seam with a bit of 240 grit
I had the inside layer of my ring sorted. Before undertaking this project I had the
gold ring resized by a jeweller to fit perfectly over the sheath of wood so the next stage
was to make the wood portions of the outside. I used the same “bent wood method” as
before to cut and prepare two 5mm pieces of Grey Maple. In technical terms what I did next was wrap
the smaller bits around the bigger bit. I used the outside of the Rosewood to make
two smaller bent wood rings with the grey maple – except the two smaller rings were
just 2 layers thick. I sanded the edges of the Grey Maple rings
flat and then shaped them so they were tapered – this way the outside pieces all squished
together nicely like a burger. Ok so we’ve got to the stage where the inner
liner is made, we’ve got the gold band and the two grey maple rings that will fit around
it. Next we’re going to glue them all together
and see where to go from there. The glue up should be nice and easy – just
apply a bit of glue in these gaps and then squish them all together like a big sandwich. With the glue up complete I sanded the ring
to it’s final tapered shape. So there’s the ring all glued together. The next thing to do is cut out some inlay
channels. I’ll start with my trusty marking gauge, mark
an inlay band on each side, carve it out with a file and then fill in the inlay materials. That’s pretty much what I did! Here I am plotting where to cut my inlay channels
with the marking gauge … and here I am carving out the channels with a triangle file. When the channels were deep enough I began
filling them with my inlay materials. I applied a small amount of superglue into
the groove with a cocktail stick and then quickly dunked the ring into my crushed up
material. I repeated this process several times until
the grooves were completely filled. When both of the inlays were completely filled
I cleaned them up by scraping away unwanted excess with a craft knife and then sanded
the rest down flush with a few grits of sandpaper. Yeah … So there’s my sandwich completed – the gold
ring is inlaid into the wood. Either side of the gold ring inlay there are
two other inlays, in this case they are dinosaur bone and crushed tektite meteorite. Next I’ll be finishing it … so let’s get
some safety gear on and do some finishing. Here’s the secret sauce and the part of the
project where everything could go wrong! To finish the ring I used a Superglue finish. I applied multiple layers of medium thickness
superglue to the ring, covering every surface in a thick coating. In between coats I used activator spray to
stop the glue from blooming, bubbling or going weird. When the glue was completely cured I mounted
the ring in some pin jaws on my lathe and polished out the inside and edges of the ring
by using sandpaper and micromesh. To polish the outside I mounted the ring on
a spindle and used the same technique, gradually working from a 400 grit to 12,000 grit until
the suface was even and shiny. So that’s it that’s the ring done. It was pretty tricky and I made lots of mistakes
along the way – I had to restart the process once or twice (building that sandwich). I don’t think I’ll be quick to revisit the
awkward shape that this ring is made in but that is how you inlay a wedding ring into
a wooden ring! If you like the video – do me a solid and
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