Bill Boehme

Maple And Geometry

Dyed rim maple platter 10" diameter. Chestnut dyes and lacquer finish. Rim has embedded copper braid partially turned away to create the pattern.

Maple And Geometry
Bill Boehme, Jun 15, 2016
    • Douglas Ladendorf
      This is gorgeous Bill. That's the kind of color I would like to try. It looks like cool water with ripples running across. Did you make the copper braid or is that something you can find somewhere?
    • Bill Boehme
      I stripped the insulation from some old 10 gauge wire that I removed while rewiring for my lathe. I twisted two wires together by clamping one end in a vise and holding the other end with a pair of vise grips and while pulling as hard as I could while twisting the two wires together. This is the way to get a smooth straight twisted pair with an even twist from end to end and no kinks. This is critical in order to get an even pattern because the copper is partially turned away. I aimed for about three turns per inch, but it isn't very critical. Smaller gauge wire should have more turns per inch than large gauge wire. The hardest part is matching the two ends so that there is not a visible joint.

      I would recommend using 12 gauge wire because the 10 gauge wire is much more difficult to work with.
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