I hope you enjoy the tour of the process I follow to make each pendant an individual.
Even though the steps are the same, each one is made by hand.
I hope you enjoy your pendant as much as I did making it.
The picture below depicts the steps in the process, from left to right, in the making of an Aroma Therapy Pendant from a block of wood, and/or acrylic blank that is turned on the wood lathe into a pendant. Our material is derived from trees we cut, to blanks purchased from suppliers.
Large pieces are cut into smaller pieces 16mm (5/8”) by 16mm (5/8”).
These pieces are then cut off at about 45mm or (1 ¾”).
Each piece now needs the center marked on one end and the spot marked with a punch.
The blank is then mounted on the wood lathe and drilled for the center brass sleeve.
The brass sleeve is then glued into the blank and left to set, usually overnight for good curing of the glue.
The blank is now trimmed to the final length on a radial arm saw.
The blank needs to be marked for the holes that will diffuse the essential oil aroma.
The center line of the brass sleeve must be marked and then the cross lines are marked for each hole on all four sides.
The holes are then drilled on a drill press. I do this process in two steps.
(I use a larger spade bit for the first drilling as it is more rigid than the smaller one I use to clean the holes. It is an extra step but I find it does a better job.)
After being drilled.
At this point the blank is ready to be mounted on the wood lathe and turned to the desired style.
The piece is turned, sanded and finished while spinning on the lathe. All wood pieces are finished with a friction polish.
I use finishing products made by u-Beaut Polishes from Australia, called EEE – Ultra Shine to start after sanding, and then I apply 2 or 3 coats of Shellawax Cream.
Acrylic pieces are smoothed with Extra fine Steel Wool and then buffed with a polishing cream.
Any burrs the drill bit may have left need to be filed off inside the blank. I then take a cloth and clean the inside.
Now the ends are pressed onto either end.
Note: We do not put the same piece of hardware on each end, of course. This is only to display the option of using either Chrome or Gold ends.
That completes the workshop part of the process.
(Collection after a weekend in the shop of mostly just turning and finishing pendants.)
The pieces are now checked by Laurie and any further cleaning is done before the cord is tied onto the top.
The cord knots are now glued with a fabric glue to prevent fraying and helps hold the knot in place.
(A display stand used to hang the pendants while the glue dries on the cords.)
Each pendant has a wick inserted and is packaged in a nylon mesh bag along with an extra wick, a business card and instructions on cleaning the pendant when changing to a different essential oil.