I have gotten really busy with school and some things outside of it. To get into the meat of it, I am about a week behind on my schedule as I posted in my earlier posts. I have completed cutting out the oval/half heart shapes out of the wood and have started sanding them. As a member of my senior design team has learned this semester, sanding takes a LOT of time. I grossly underestimated the amount of time it would take me to sand each and every little part. However, I am almost done with that so I hope to try to complete my prototype in the coming week, which will be very exciting.

I have really been working on incorporating the aesthetic of really small things and fine wooden jewelry into this project. The goal is to make the locket look really nice, like you could purchase it at a store. I was playing around with doing some sort of engraving, brass inlay or wooden inlay into the lockets to make each one unique and professional looking. For the design, I have been playing around with the idea of doing a tree sprouting out of a cliff that transforms into a tree of life or something else like that. I am still very uncertain as to what this design will look like.

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  • Peter Brunsgaard
    April 4, 2016 12:14 pm

    It sounds like your project is coming together very nicely! Rather than figuring out how to inlay brass into the wood, you could look into putting some kind of colored plastic resin to fill in the gaps. That would simplify the process while accomplishing a similar thing. I’m excited to see how the finished pattern turns out.

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  • Albert Como
    April 4, 2016 8:44 am

    Cool, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about brass in lay. I think the way I would do it is try to etch the surface. Then heat it and let molten brass diffuse through the etching. After that, sand it flat again with an electric belt sander. Good luck! The school is really under equip for wood.

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