A while ago I was asked to make a scrollsaw portrait of Michael Jackson for a person who loved music, so I thought about the idea of using a vinyl record as the actual medium for the cutting.
I had NO idea how this would work, so I first did a couple of practice pieces.
First, a 1 to 1 scale cutting of an old cassette tape – kind of ironic, eh?
Then I decided to do a Beatle’s cutting using the entire record (don’t worry, the label is a fake ;-)
The vinyl record cuts REALLY easily – too easily actually. You have to turn down the speed of the saw to a point where the blade doesn’t melt the cut – if it does it will fuse the kerf together.
Then I decided to do the MJ Cutting for her. Here’s what I wound up with:
I LOVE the way this turned out! I base painted the image with white spray paint and then used every can of paint on my shelf to spatter tiny dots of color onto it.
The recipient loved the work as well. She was flabbergasted, actually.
Tonight I also finished a tiny mouse. The pattern came from an old German Paper cutting I found online. This little guy is only around four inches high.
Looks really cool on the wall:
Anyway….......... I wound up finding an entire box of old LP’s at a flea market for a few dollars. Now I have a ton of material if the need arises again.
Just thought I would share the idea with all the scrollers out there!
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