How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

It been a while since I post  something on my blog. Well, I was in United State doing the Burning man festival with my brother and friend.  As part of the fun and in the spirit (supposedly) of the festival, people (some) give you gift, in a form of little trinket, BM memorabilia like key ring, sticker, pendent  and alike, and some time the share food or a drink  with you. That custom of gifting, at least during the event, is genuine most of the time. Still, it’s not the point, the point is, that it give me pleasure to give back.

Enough talking. What I want  to post about today is How to make a Burning Man pendent, that with bit of luck will credit you with the (so frequently used this days ) cry: OH MY GOD, ideally with American accent.

Lucky me, I live near the sea and it was just my luck that the coast around my place is full with flat small slate pebbles.

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

I  went there with my wife and collect  enough stones to last me few BM festival. That is okay as you want to pick the good one at your own leisure and not on the beach (as people look at you as if you are pathetic old fool). As  ultimately its human being that need to carry the pendent, the  Stones need to be not too big or heavy, thickness of around 3+mm

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

Next you need to drill 3mm hole near the tip of the stone. Normal drill bit for steel at slow sped will do.

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

Next you need to polish the stone. There million way to do it, I did try some, I used wood beeswax, linseed oil and few  deferent  brand of wood lacquers, some was shining finish and some was mat. I found that the lacquer with glossy finish was good enough for me. I bet there are better way to do it but, I didn’t have the time to explore the subject.

The stone carving

For good and consistent result you want  to prepare a stencil that enable you to transfer the BM logo in to the stone surface, so as to have it the same size and shape in all the pendants.  My primitive way was to make a stencil out of  transparent celluloid sheet, using my electric solder to cut the outline of the logo into the celluloid.

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

Lay the stencil on the face of the stone and secure it to the stone with any stick tape. Use a steel scriber and scribe (mark) the logo into the stone.

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

Use fine diamond ball head attach to Dremel machine and carve the logo into the stone, say about 1.5mm. I would like to try and carve it through side to side and see if the stone will take it. I think it may look better that way. This is something for next time.

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

And it’s all done.

Assembly

To make the pendent more flashy then just a stone I add some flat beads. I usually use beads that I buy from charity shops. However, I run out of beads half way through and I made some out of Fimo (which is not the best option, but given the short life span of the pendent on the Playa, it was sufficient).

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

I used 1.5mm nylon cord for the pendent, it is nicely sit on a neck and it is not scratchy. It is also melt able, in case you need to weld the two end together for inserting the beads.

As human being are coming in deferent sizes you will want to use a slip knot to attached the two ends of the cord.   Here is a diagram of how to do it (it been taken from the website www.netknots.com).

Slip knot

And here is the finish product.

How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent

Sadly I didn’t take photo of people on the Playa wearing my pendent but, I did give the pendent (as gift, obviously)  to some very attractive ladies, so you may find photos of my pendent on the web.

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How to make a small wooden wheel

As promised, today post is not about food. It is about how I made a small wooden wheel for one of my automaton wooden sculpture. You may say, yes yes another one that invent the wheel, it may be so but it worked for me, so I share it with you.

I had a mental block, so I download that photo wooden wheel

from the internet to remained me the geometry of a wheel. If it is not important, you don’t need to go to great extent to be very accurate. For me it was enough to replicate(kind of) the rim section of the wheel and to some degree to carved the treads of the tyre (in exaggeration). Anyway, the real wheel that served as model was from an old tractor trailer from my childhood.

wooden wheel

First thing first. You need to do three things:

A. To cut a wooden circle the size that you need. I used MDF for it and roughly cut it on my band saw.

Wooden wheel

B.  I than shape it on the disc sander, to the exact shape, using my SPECIAL jig.

Wooden wheel

C. Build a primitive wood lathe. I discovered that if I use only the drill as a lathe, the force you exert with the chisel on the wheel will ruin to drill and it won’t make a good and symmetrical round  wheel. So you need to back the blank wheel from the opposite side similar to a proper lathe.

Wooden wheel        Wooden wheel

I attached the drill on an  adjustable block of wood to a solid wood base and attached my adjustable vise, to the same base.

Attached the wooden MDF wheel to the drill, I used my buffing polishing mandrel. I clump  harden pointy bar of steel into the vise and adjust it to fit the middle of the blank wooden wheel dead centre (I did drill small hole in the head of the mandrel, so the point fit snugly to it). don’t tighten it too much, as it can slow the drill and brake it.

Mark the profile of the wheels’ rim on the MDF wheel blank  with black dot.  Run the drill on relative fast revolution and start to curve it along the marking. I use my rough all-rounder chisels for that.

Wooden wheel

In hindsight I should built  a tool rest  for the chisel, but I was too lazy.

After finishing to curve the rim profile I marked the location of the tyre treads, mount it (yet again) on purpose build mount, it enable me to hold it firmly wile I carved the treads.

Wooden wheel             Wooden wheel

Wooden wheel Now all you have to do is to paint it. I contemplating to stick some pins into the wood to imitate nuts and bolt but again I was too lazy.

And here it is.    Oops, see featured image at the beginning.

Eventually I fix it into my automaton sculpture, step back and admired my handy work. (it is on the bottom right of the sculpture).

Wooden wheel

 

 

 

 

 

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