Clever idea: How to transform colored pencils into a beautiful ring
They come in every color of the rainbow and can be found in kids' rooms around the world. Some are short, some are long, some are sharp, and some are blunt. What are we talking about? Colored pencils, of course! Most people use them for drawing and sketching, but an adventurous crafter named Peter Brown from Santa Rosa, California, decided to do some experimenting. He's found another very unique use for them...
- one package of colored pencils
- instant adhesive
- spray lacquer
- woodcutting and shaping tools
First, he stacked the pencils in two rows and glued them together with adhesive. He made sure that they were held tight together while doing this.
When everything was dry, Peter drilled a hole through the stack. The size of the hole was very important as we'll see later.
The next step was to cut off a "slice" from the stack using a band saw. A normal hand saw works just as well for this. At this point it's still difficult to imagine what this will become.
Peter loves woodworking and has all the necessary tools at home including this lathe which he used to shave the slice into shape. If you don't have your own lathe, maybe you can find a friend or family member who does.
The final step with the lathe is to use some sandpaper to smooth the surface. The lathe makes this part really easy — simply hold the sandpaper on the surface and let the lathe spin it smooth!
And now we can finally see what Peter has made: a beautiful ring. The finishing touch was added with a coat of clear spray lacquer and... tada! Hard to believe that only a short time ago this gorgeous ring was actually a pile of colored pencils.
It's definitely one of a kind. What a great combination of colors and interesting wood grain patterns.
It's a perfect fit and the lacquer finish helps it slide on and off with ease.
If you have the tools and the time, a ring like this can be a very special gift for someone you care about and nobody else in the world will have one exactly like it. It's amazing what happens when creative people let their imagination run wild. It'll be interesting to see what Peter thinks up for his next project!