Craft & Design Woodworking
Colored Pencils Become Unique Jewelry

This exquisite example of non-standard material use really brightened up my day. I love the idea of making stuff from materials that weren’t intended for the final product. In this case, Peter Brown wanted to do some colorful wood working, so he glued a bunch of colored pencils together to get the raw material for making a wooden ring.

In the video you can see how he glued the pencils so there would be no gaps, Using a couple nails to hold everything securely. Then, he cut a chunk off of this new stock material for his lathe. This experiment could have completely fallen apart at the next step. Turning something like this on a lathe was a bit of an experiment for him. After that, a lot of hand-sanding and some considerable trial and error gave him the final result. The end product is light weight, and quite eye-catching. I find it vaguely reminiscent of rolled clay beads.

If you’d like to keep track of the interesting things that Peter is up to, you can follow him on youtube.

0 thoughts on “Colored Pencils Become Unique Jewelry

  1. I was making this, I had finished the block, and drilled the center hole. I was cutting the ring out when all of a sudden the pencils broke apart. I’m going to have to do this again. Where did you get your adhesive? or what kind is it?

    1. I’ve made one, and broken 4. I currently have a block all glued up with West System Marine epoxy. I’m hoping for more consistent results… :) Good luck!


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