Handmade chunky bead teething necklace part 1

Our gorgeous grandbaby is teething and is chomping everything in sight as he tries to ease the pain of those pesky teeth pushing on his gums.

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My daughter asked me to make her a necklace with large wooden beads so our wee fella could play with it and use it for teething.

I made her one necklace that was a great success: Minoan Goddess of the Bees necklace

So, I decided to make her another one- this time with several big chunky beads to keep him interested.

I cut a length of my favorite wood: Arbutus (also known as Madrona) that my sister in law had trimmed from a tree in her yard. (She saves me all their arbutus twigs and branches, bless her heart!)

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Then, I split my mini log into 2 sections on the bandsaw, and did some preliminary shaping with the saw.

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Over to the drillpress to drill holes for the beads.

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And, back to the bandsaw for more shaping…..

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Then, over to the belt sander for more shaping…..

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and then to the bathroom to staunch the flow of blood, when I sanded the first knuckle off, and  sliced the top off  the second one.

Well… that was a surprise!  I have never done that before!  And not something I would like to repeat!  erg….

it’s been 3 weeks, and my knuckle is finally healing… wowsa that hurt!



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10 responses to “Handmade chunky bead teething necklace part 1

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  2. Jim

    good post but no more knuckle slicing please.


  3. Alice

    Excellent post, but watch your knuckles.


  4. Youch – oh, Noreen!

    At about the same time you were sanding your knuckles, I sliced through my fingernail and into the fingertip on my kitchen mandolin.

    I’m glad we both still have a complete set of 10!


  5. Wow, it must be the time of the year for that kind of accident…one of my friends recently almost sliced off the tip of her finger with a weed-wacker…be careful out there!


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  7. Hi June,
    Ouch! I hope your friend’s finger is okay!
    Thanks so much….


  8. Ouch!

    It’s surprising just how dangerous a sanding machine can be! It could’ve been worse though, had you lapsed in concentration while using one of your saws… Bandsaws are also commonly perceived as being “safe”, simply because, just like sanders, they don’t make a lot of noise.

    But, if you think about how quickly one of those will slice through a lump of wood…! :-S

    I’ve known people wrap their fingers with layers of masking tape before performing sanding operations like this. Gloves are often frowned upon as any loose threads can get caught in the moving parts of a machine.

    Sorry – I’m not trying to scare you or anything!! 😀



  9. awwwwww…looks painful. Hope its done some healing by now.


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