Laser-cut Finnish ‘bead hangers’

Three different sizes of the same wooden 'bead hanger' cut on the laser cutter.

Three different sizes of the same wooden ‘bead hanger’ cut on the laser cutter.

A while ago you might remember that I made a single bead-hanger based off a 9th Century Finnish design, cast in pewter. I still haven’t had the chance to make a second to be able to wear it, but after having access to the laser cutter at a nearby Maker Space, I decided to see about making them in wood for a totally different project instead…

Obviously wood won’t be as durable as metal – and these dont’ have the dimension of the clay positives I made, nor the cast metal version. Still, I think that they turned out relatively well, and as a decorative object, might be useful…

Wooden 'bead hanger' cut on the laser cutter.

Wooden ‘bead hanger’ cut on the laser cutter.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find information about the original Finnish find, so I opted to cut these out in three sizes to get a feel for how big they could be and how that would be to wear. The largest is approximately 8.5cm wide at it’s widest part, the smallest is about 6.3cm, and the middle size is about 7cm at its widest point.

Wooden 'bead hanger' cut on the laser cutter.

Wooden ‘bead hanger’ cut on the laser cutter.

These are all made out of 1/4″ Baltic Birch plywood, and four of them turned out very well, because the laser cutter was set correctly I think – the first two were less successful, and I ended up doing some minor repairs, but I think they will be still fine as small decorative objects. (Luckily all of the damage was to the back!)

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