Burnt Up Necklace Display

A friend of the family runs an Etsy shop called Lily and Maze and was getting ready to do a local craft fair a while back. She asked if I could make her a necklace display, gave me the approximate dimensions and let me at it. I didn’t really ask how she wanted it done and she didn’t say so for some reason my mind went right to FIRE!

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Tapering jig cutting supports for necklace display
Check out how to make a tapering jig!

The design I settled on was a wooden panel about 18-inches tall, 12-inches wide attached to a 2-inch thick base with tapered supports. Looking around my shop, I had quite a bit of alder left over from my recent barn door and metal inlay project and decided that was going to be the material of choice. I recently finished a tapering jig and used that to taper the supports that were later screwed to the base and display panel.

Using a wooden hand screw clamp to joint two boards
Find out more about using wooden handscrew clamps in place of a traditional bench vise.

Some wooden hand screw clamps helped to pair up individual boards in the panel where I planed two at a time to ensure a perfect glue up. If you want to see more about this method and the use of wooden hand screw clamps in place of a traditional bench vise, check out my latest Monkey Moment. I also went the extra mile with some biscuits to help with alignment during glue up. After the panel was assembled and dried, I routed an ogee design around the sides and hand planed the back to help get a flush mount to the base. I didn’t worry too much about smoothing out the front because the biscuits helped keep that straight and my finishing method would help with the rest.

For assembly, I used an assortment of pocket and countersunk screws for pretty much the entire thing. All fasteners would be hidden in the end and it’s not much of a fine piece of furniture sort of thing.

Burning and charing a necklace display. Shou Sugi Ban style.
Check out more about this fire finishing technique!

I pulled out the big boy torch and burnt the whole thing to a crisp to the point that I had to spray it down  with water before it finished burning up. The fire did a nice job of blending the ogee routed edges and the slightly not flattened front into something that looked well-worn and well toasted. I’ve learned from experience that you can’t just spray on clear coat due to the charred brittle surface but after a little sanding, you can apply a clear coat and the beautifully black color shows right back up.

shou sugi ban Necklace DisplayAfter sanding but before applying a clear coat, I applied multiple coats of a dark blue paint. The fire blackened surface soaked up the color but turned it into one of those effects of changing color as you walk past. I used an awl to mark holes for the necklaces before applying a few coats of danish oil as a finish and completing it with 16 brad nails as hangers.

If you want to find out more about more about finishing with fire, check out my article where I burnt in a wolf design in a matter of minutes. Also, you can see my friends Etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LilyandMaze.



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