There are many media for carving. Yet, wood remains popular as it is easy to work with and would create timeless pieces.
If you are thinking of a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member, a wooden, hand-carved pendant is a lovely choice. The natural look of wood can blend with or level-up different styles.
Although making a wood pendant is simple, you can carve amazing designs to give it more character.
Here is a guide on how to make wood carved pendants. It’s easy, even for beginners.
Steps To Make A Wood-Carved Pendant
A pendant is a great first project if you want to hand carve wooden jewelry. Follow these simple steps to start making hand-carved wood pendants.
Step 1 – Prepare Tools And Materials
These are the tools and materials you need to prepare:
- Woodcutting knife – Use a sharp utility knife or a craft knife.
- V-shaped gouge – It will help you achieve the desired shape of your pendant.
- Woodblock – Choose a softwood with a fine grain as it is easier to work with. Pick a light-colored species if you are planning to stain the finished piece.
- String – Pick a string or lace that will suit the design of your wooden pendant. Its length depends on your preference.
- Hand drill – You will need this to drill a small hole to the pendant where you will insert the string or lace. Use 1/8 inch drill bit.
- Sandpaper grit (150) – The sandpaper will come in handy when polishing and rounding the corners of your design.
Step 2 – Choose A Design
It all depends on what you prefer and the level of your skill. A popular choice for pendants are animals and basic shapes. Trace your design on the woodblock using a transfer paper, or you may draw it directly on the wood.
When drawing the design on the wood, make sure that you will be able to cut along the grain.
Step 3 – Cut The Wood
Now, this is the exciting part. Using a sharp knife, start cutting the wood based on the overall form and shape of your design. Cut outside the lines of the design drawn on the wood. Leave a little material for sanding that will smoothen the surface later.
Use the hand drill to make holes where you can insert the string.
Step 4 – Crave The Details
Use the V-shaped gouge to reveal details of your design, especially round edges. Sand the surface and corners to give it a more natural look.
Step 5 – Stain Your Output
This step is optional. You may choose to retain your wood’s natural color, or you may stain it with your preferred color.
Use a dye stain if you opt to stain the pendant. Apply several coats, depending on your desired effect.
After the stain is all dry, get the string and run it through the holes. Make a knot to keep the pendant secure.
Go on, try carving pendants with these simple steps. If you plan to give away your finished piece, enclose a printed copy of these steps on how to make hand carved wood pendants. It is a way to spread love and creativity in your community. Happy carving!