Angel Rose embellishes her custom walking sticks with bone beads, wood beads, feathers and a decorative stone.
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Like many artists, Angel Rose one day realized life was passing her by, and what she really wanted to be doing was creating her art full time. She quit her job and created Walking Art Studio, named after her favorite creations: walking sticks.
Materials and Tools:
4' to 5' aspen sapling (or other wood)
circular power saw
100-, 220-, 400- and 600-grit sandpaper
pad superfine #0000 steel wool
10" x 10" square of upholstery quality leather
1/8" x 4' Latigo leather lace
leather hole punch
6 bone beads, 1-1/2"
2 wooden beads, 1/2"
4 colorful feathers
rotary tool with woodcutting bit
1. Wearing safety glasses and leather gloves, cut the walking stick to the desired length with a circular power saw (figure A).
2. Sand the knots on the walking stick with a palm sander using 40-grit sandpaper.
3. Wearing leather gloves, remove the bark from the stick with a sharp knife (figure B).
4. Hand-sand the entire stick with 100-grit sandpaper.
5. Hand-sand the entire stick with 220-grit sandpaper.
6. Hand-sand the entire stick with 400-grit sandpaper.
7. Hand-sand the entire stick with 600-grit sandpaper.
8. Finish the final sanding with a super fine steel wool pad.
9. Wipe the stick with a clean dry cloth to remove sanding dust.
10. Oil the stick with one-tablespoon of olive oil on a clean dry soft cloth.
11. Wipe off the excess oil with a clean dry cloth.
12. Wrap a 10" x 10" leather piece around the stick to create a handgrip. Trim the excess (figure E).
13. Fold the leather grip in half and use a leather hole punch to make holes for lacing through both sides of the grip. Place the holes approximately one inch apart (figure F).
14. Apply a generous dab of glue to the leather grip and affix it to the walking stick for the stick's handgrip.
15. Lace 1/8-inch Latigo leather lace through the grip's holes from top to bottom.
16. Pull the lace as tight as possible for a snug fit and tie a square knot at the bottom.
17. String bone beads on both ends of the lace (figure H).
18. String wooden beads on both ends and tie off with a simple knot (figure I).
19. Cut off the excess lace about 1-inch from the grip.
20. Dip the feather tips in glue and affix to the ends of the leather lace
21. Use the rotary tool with a woodcarving bit to carve an indentation for the decorative stone in the top of the walking stick (figure K).
22. Wear latex gloves and knead a small piece of wood epoxy until soft. Place the epoxy in the indentation in the walking stick. Set the stone in the epoxy and remove excess glue. Let dry.
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