ice Cream earrings: A whittling Project treat
By Pete Luxbacher, Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine
Easy to carve and personalize with bead and ice cream colors, these earrings are a great conversation piece. You can make single ice cream cones to wear as pendants or bracelet charms by adding a jump ring to the top loop instead of the ear hooks.
What’s not to love about whittling? It’s the simplest of all carving activities, and in many ways it’s the most satisfying. All it takes is a small piece of wood, a pocketknife, and an active imagination. With those basic ingredients, you can take it with you on your summer travels to the beach, camping, or any roadside adventure. For the price of a pocketknife, you will quickly be knocking out these 31 cool and clever creations that will satisfy your soul and charm the heck out of friends and family.
Whittling Summer earrings tutorial
1. Lay out the blank.
Lay out the blank. Since you’ll be making multiples, create
a template from heavy cardstock by cutting slots for the pencil. Starting at the edge, measure down and make a mark at 7/32″ (5.5mm), 3/8″ (10mm), and 11/16″ (17mm). Fold the cardstock down the center of the marks, and then cut slots on each mark. Use the folded corner to help you
transfer the marks the entire way around the dowel on both ends.
3. Shape the scoop.
Hold the knife at a slight angle while rotating the dowel to
trim the underside of the ice cream on top of the cone. With practice, you can remove all of the excess wood in a single piece.
5. SHAPE THE CONE.
Shape the cone. Start in the middle area between the two lowest marks, and cut to the stop cut at the bottom of the band.
7. SHAPE THE BAND.
Shape the band to remove the last of the machined dowel
surface. Leaving the ice cream ball thicker than the band makes it easier to paint the ball without getting paint on the band.
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Chris Lubkemann has been writing about whittling for over 45 years, and he actually holds a Guinness World Record for the smallest branch rooster carving! His friendly guidebook, the Little Book of Whittling, will encourage you to whittle away the hours with 18 fun projects for canoes, forks, spoons, birds, animals, trees, flowers, and more. Chris also includes vital information that every scout needs to know about wood selection, knife handling, safety, and sharpening.
Learn to carve today with fun, fast and easy whittling projects! Whittling Volume 5 is packed with 26 projects that you can make in only minutes, using just a pocket knife. A handy whittler’s starter guide covers all the fundamentals you need to know.