Friday, February 16, 2018

Watch How a Donut Pendant is Made from Bread!

By on Friday, February 16, 2018 11 Comments

I've often said jewelry can be made from just about anything. So here is yet another look at an unusual material!  Watch this amazing tutorial where woodworker, Peter Brown - a self confessed "geek with a full set of power tools" makes a donut pendant from bread.  Yes, bread!  His suggested name for it? A gluten medallion!

The slice of bread had to be stabilized with resin before it could be turned on a lathe.

He uses a wood stabilizing resin.  This is not the same thing as the typical casting resin we use in jewelry making. This stabilizing resin is used by woodworkers to harden wood that would otherwise be too fragile to be turned. Stabilized wood becomes much stronger and also no longer reacts to humidity.  A vacuum chamber is usually used to remove the air from dried wood and the resin fills the spaces.  See his wood stabilizing demonstration here.

He doesn't appear to have used the vacuum chamber with the bread so the resin didn't sink right through. This explains the yeasty smell he got when he was turning the bread slice!

The Youtube comments were a riot!  Some have suggested he try the technique with marshmallows!  But one,  Katherine Spencer-Howard, saw its potential as did I. She said, "There's a business here, making items or jewelry for foodie people who are on a diet or who have renounced carbohydrates...!!"  Gluten-free and no calories. You get the drift.

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  1. I would probably not wear bread-based jewelry but I am always impressed by innovative craftsmanship. My husband likes woodworking (and can bake bread...) and would probably also get a kick out of this.

  2. Me too! It makes me want to learn how to use a lathe.

  3. Someone could so make "bakery product jewelry" for bakeries and they would sell like...forgive the pun...hotcakes. :)

    1. LOL! That is too funny! Bet, they will sell like hotcakes!

  4. Oh my gosh, this guy makes some really cool stuff. The cotton ball bowl is cool but the walnut and resin bowl is gorgeous!!!

    1. Some of his projects are indeed cool. I can't wait to see a marshmallow jewelry project!

  5. Truly amazing. The look is hard to describe though isn't it? Wood - polymer clay - wood....but bread??

    Wondering if his workshop smells more like a kitchen than a workshop... :0)

    Being such a sensitive celiac the thought of this just makes me cringe. I know you say it's gluten free but even touching it has the possibility of making me incredibly ill which is too bad because I do love things that are unusual.

    1. Ah, but you can use gluten free bread if you wish to try!!

  6. Thanks for sharing my bizarre creation with your readers Pearl! I do appreicate it! -Peter

    1. Thank YOU for awesome videos. Always fun to watch...and learn.