How we make jewelry holders.
One of our best-selling pieces is this jewelry holder made with white tail deer sheds and forty year-old mesquite. The deer sheds come from all over, but that will be its own post, exclusively for y’all animal lovers. The mesquite, as I said, is about forty years-old. My dad had cut the wood when he was a teenager, and it survived the years. He found it recently, brought it back to their house, and cut it up into long, flat pieces. He makes knives and uses it in hilts and such.
Making the holders started out as something for myself. I just wanted one. I don’t have a huge attachment to deer hunting, but I have gone before. Those are some of my fondest memories, and frankly, I think antlers are just great for decoration!
I’m thrilled that they are so popular, because they are nothing to make! Quick and easy. Let’s get started.
First, pick out your shed and your wood:
Next, prep your picks (that’s fun to say). This takes a couple steps:
Take your shed, and sand the base down to where it stands up flat. Done.
Take your wood, and make it the length that you want. Make sure its dimensions are such that they’ll support the antler and whatever jewelry you put on it. In other words, make it a solid length and width.
Once it’s the size you want it to be, sand it on both sides as needed to make sure it rests flat and doesn’t wobble. No one likes wobbly things.
Now that your pieces have been cut and shaped, you need to treat and stylize your wood, and maybe even your antler, if you’d like. The wood, though, is a must. I use tung oil to brush on both sides of the wood. This is an important step. It protects the wood, and by doing it on both sides and the edges, you prevent cracking. Plus, it makes the wood pretty. You could make the antler shiny, but I don’t I like the more rugged, raw look to it. It maintains the integrity of the deer.
It is now time to assemble. Find where you’d like to mount to the antler. Be sure it’s in a place that the weight is well-distributed. Otherwise, your holder will fall over. Don’t want that.
Using a power drill, drill into the bottom of the wood part of the way. Place the base of the shed over that, and hold tight. Drill through the wood into the shed. Once it’s in, twist the shed with your hand till it’s on tight.
Boom. You’ve got yourself a jewelry holder. Go dress it up now.
May you stay inspired and crafty always, and God bless!