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« on: January 11, 2016 06:47:45 PM »

On a whim tonight - listening to the BBC radio adaptation of Lord of the Rings, which is fantastic if you've never heard it! - I decided to try my hand at making some plugs. I recently was able to start wearing wood plugs in my 0g (about 8mm) ear stretches, so I wanted to make some that I could woodburn J. R. R. Tolkien's signature symbol into.



I cut a rough 1" long dowel from some scrap in our shop and started sanding it down to a circle. To make the flares (each earring has a smaller middle part and slightly wider outside, called a flare) I wrapped sandpaper around a pencil and sanded the middle of them. After sanding down to smooth, I heated my tapered wood burning tip up to as high as it would go so that I barely had to touch the surface and therefore didn't have a chance to burn something super deep. After practicing a couple times, I ended up free handing the symbol as it worked too fast to even follow pencil lines. I then finished them with jojoba oil and tried them on! The oil will eventually turn them a bit darker, but I like where they are right now, too.


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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2016 06:27:47 AM »

Excellent job!  I can't believe how much detail you got in such a tiny space. Does the oil also protect your ears?  I was wondering if wood sap leaks or in anyway harms your skin...

They are lovely and a nice change from the plugs I have seen available...uniquely yours!
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2016 12:50:09 PM »

Thank you! Usually wood plugs are finished with some sort of oil. I use jojoba on my ears all the time, so it's like more of the same. Sometimes they are finished with beeswax first to fill some of the wood pores, which I think I may try next time, as I picked a wood with a pretty big grain and it is thirsty for the oil and keeps drying out. I love the wood look, but like you said, there isn't a ton out there (especially for Tolkien fans) that is wood and not metal or plastic.


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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2016 05:24:11 PM »

So cute. I'm scared of wooden plugs, I have like three pairs and I never wear them, I think my body prefers metal ones.
Back to the point, I love making my own plugs and these were super cute !
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