I have been playing with the idea to combine gemstones with wood. I love woodworking and had this really nice piece of olivewood that I found, ready to be shaped into something.
Wood has a soft look, and usually a warm color, gemstones are hard and have some shine. I decided it would be interesting to combine a cool colored gemstone (as in a color that is not warm), with the warmth of the wood. Maybe grey/blue-ish.
So I cut my olive wood into a drop, and shaped a hole into it that I sanded for ages
, until it all had rounded and smooth edges. And then even further, first with a 120 grid, then finer and finer until 800 and 1000.
When that was done I drilled a tiny angled hole from the top to the hole in the wood where the gemstone was going to be.
Before placing the silver and gemstone, I used a special type of oil to rub the wood with. It gives a silky glow and makes the colors brighter. It also protects the wood from water.
When you wait long enough (couple of weeks) the oil will harden and will not stain clothes etc anymore. Like oil in oil paints, those harden as well if you wait long enough.
When the oil had hardened I fastened the gemstone into the wood, I had forgotten that I wanted a cool color
so I placed an Onyx (next time a cool color!
). I thought the black looked beautiful with the silver. The silver is coated with a special type of coating that is made for this, so that the oxidation process will not happen so horribly fast. Wood can cause silver to oxidize more quickly. So that is why it had to be protected a bit.
And here is the result, a lot of work! But I enjoy working with wood so who cares.
Its 3 cm x 2 cm.
I just noticed a little dust dot on it, should have taken the time to blow it off before photographing it
I wonder if a moonstone would be nice, or a labradorite cabochon.