Make a Scroll Saw Portrait

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Blog entry by EMVarona posted 09-04-2010 03:06 PM 4076 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Scroll portraits are becoming more and more popular this days. Many find them very striking and most unusual. It can serve as a very interesting one-of-a kind gift. When I saw them in the web for the first time, I felt the urge to learn how to make them. The process is shown in the link below.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 03:50 PM

Very cool Ed…. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 05:35 PM

Thank you. Very nicely done.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 05:48 PM

Is that your work on the link? If so, very nice. I do a lot of portraits on the scroll saw myself. I haven’t perfected the art of turning a photo into a pattern yet though. That’s a skill I’m still working on learning.


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#4 posted 09-05-2010 04:17 AM

First of all, thank you guys to the compliments.

Yes, William, that is the link to my work. My username in flicker is edurink. It’s a corruption of my name “Edwin”. A friend misspelled my name once, like that, and I though it was nice for a second name. Thank you for your kind words. There are many ways of turning a photo into a pattern. One is to first convert it to gray scale then increase the contrast setting to what you feel is best for your purpose. Another is to look for the “convert to photocopy” command and adjust to your preference. There is also the threshold setting which also can be manipulated to your requirements. My ID photo on the left was done the “convert to photocopy” way. I’ve made a number of portraits of friends which I gave to them for free and their reaction is unanimous. “Wow! what’s this? How was it made?”

Take care, William, remember … A healthy and positive mind overcomes any physical handicap. I looked over your projects I must admit I have not gone that far yet. They’re magnificent.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 05:37 AM

thankĀ“s for sharing the tip :-)


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#6 posted 10-10-2010 03:50 PM

Great video! I was bitten by the bug myself about a year ago. Now with the help of Gimp and Inkscape I can create my own patterns.

-- No dear, I didn't buy a new tool. It was a gift.

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