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Going with the Grain!

SITizens create wooden accessories and learn about upcycling in the process at the Wooden Jewellery Workshop, organised by the SIT Alumni Leisure Network

 8 FEB 2021


Wooden Jewellery Workshop

SIT alumni were recently introduced to woodworking at the Wooden Jewellery Workshop, the latest in a series of DIY crafting workshops organised by the SIT Alumni Leisure Network. Led by Ms Lyn Ng from wood-crafting studio Studio MU YU, the participants learned how to make wooden earrings, necklaces and bag charms.

A workshop kit was provided, containing pre-cut wood pieces of various shapes, sandpaper and jewellery hooks. To prepare the pieces for assembly, the participants were taught how to sand them smooth by following the direction of the wood grain. Ms Ng explained that as jewellery is meant to be worn frequently, it is important to ensure that there are no sharp edges then can accidentally cut you.

They then had to use wood stain and wood oil to add a layer of protection and leave a nice finish for their pieces. Ms Koh Shi Yi, a Chemical Engineering alumnus, found the process tedious but worthwhile. “The little steps like sanding the small pieces take a lot of time and patience, but I think the process is quite rewarding,” she said. “Maybe in the future I could get more materials to make gifts.”

Woodgrain sanding
Ms Ng demonstrates how to identify the wood grain and recommended ways to sand different shapes.

The participants then made use of jump rings and jewellery hooks to put their pieces together. While guiding them on the process, Ms Ng also emphasised the importance of hygiene and proper storage as the metal parts can start to rust or oxidise when exposed to air for long periods of time.

Using string, rods and wooden pieces, SITizens made a bag charm (left), earrings (centre) and a necklace (right).

Although not a wearer of accessories, Information and Communications Technology alumnus Mr Chong Hiu Fung enjoyed learning how to customise something for himself rather than buying an already finished product. “I have always wanted to try similar projects,” he said. “I have worked mostly with plastic material, so it’s fun learning about how to handle wood and the different ways to treat wood products.”


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