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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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