A Special Unicorn Project #9: Approaching The Finish Line

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Blog entry by William posted 10-10-2010 03:05 AM 1279 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I got up yesterday determined to get the rocker details finished. I went to the shop, started up my music, got the coffee pot brewing, laid out my patterns, just about the time my wife walked in the shop. One of my son’s truck had broke down and I had to go help him get it going. I done that, went back to the shop, started another pot of coffee since the first one had gotten cold. Before I could even fix the first cup, word came that something else was wrong with his truck. I had to go help again. Now both times it was simple things that he should have figured out himself, but we know how young men can be. However, this time, before I could get back to the shop, my own truck started acting up. I got it to the shop to check it out. My fuel pump was going out. So off to the parts house to spend what little money I had left to my name. I made it back and got that fixed.
I tell you all this because the main detail of all that you have to realize is the sentence where I said I was determined to get the rocker details done. After everything was said and done, my back was hurting. So, I had to go lie down for a short while, but I did go back and work late last night. I got the rocker details finished. When I get determined enough, I get stuff done.
So last night, by around two this morning when I had to quite because of my pain, I got the details applied to the rocker assembly and I mounted the unicorn body onto the rocker assembly.

Of course, with me working so late on that, I got a late start this morning. I had a few things to do this morning, then I couldn’t wait to get to the shop. When I get to this point in a project, I wish I could just stay on it until it’s done. With the finish line in sight, I just get so excited.
So the first thing I had to do today was to get on the lathe and turn a ball for the top of the pole.

Then with there was a bit of touch ups to make to the paint in different areas. Sometimes when painting some of these detail pieces, I have this bad habit of missing spots that I don’t catch until after they are already glued on. That’s where a small detail brush for touchups comes in handy.

Now I have a big decision to make. My original plan was to put flower details on the uncorn’s body too. My wife’s opinion is that it is finished. She says that with the details on the rocker assembly, head, and tail, that anymore flowers on the body is going to be over the top and maybe even look kind of gawky (one of her descriptions). Another consideration I have is that a child will be riding this. So, I’m worried that putting details that’ll be protruding out from the sides of the body may be a problem down the road.
I even have made some paper cutouts of flowers and taped them in different configurations one the body and can’t get a design I’m happy with. So, maybe my wife is right. I can’t seem to decide.
So, in the end, I’m asking for help from the Lumberjocks and Lumberjockettes. Should I add flower details to the body? Or should I apply the polycrylic and leave “Lucky Charms” the unicorn like she is? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 10-10-2010 04:11 AM

What a stunning piece! I have to say that I cant imagine how you could improve on this project, even with more details! I am going to have to weigh in with your wife on this one…

Once again, well done!

-- Imagination opens the gates of the universe. –William Patten

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 04:20 AM

Exquisite detail and beautifully done. I think it is perfect! I agree with your wife. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 05:02 AM

For balance and beauty, I would not add more details. You have a stunning piece!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 05:07 AM

Agree, simple is sometimes best. Unless you wanted to put yer brand on that mare! Very nice color choices.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 10-10-2010 05:14 AM

It is beautiful, My wife and I are both of the opinion that it needs a bit of decorations on the Unicorn, maybe painted on? Not too much though. Lucky Charms is beautiful!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 07:06 AM

Would it look good to have some type of saddle type covering painted on – not a western saddle or anything, just a decorative flap type of thing that would take up a lot of the blank color? If not it sure looks great and you’ve put a lot of work into it!


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#7 posted 10-10-2010 07:16 AM

I went round and round in the beginning with the saddle versus no saddle debate on my mind. In the end, I decided on no saddle. As a matter of fact, I even changed the original design of a horse body on this project just to eliminate the saddle from it. My reasons may seem crazy though. My thoughts on it was that with the unicorn being a mythical creature that had never been actually found, how would one get a saddle on it?
This is also part of my flowers on the body problem. You see, I probably wouldn’t even had considered flowers except the base of this design came from a carousel horse I done some time back. With the original design, there were flowers attached all over the saddle area. Now, without the saddle, it seems the flowers just don’t “fit”. On one hand I just like flowers. On the other, crazy me with my “visions” when I’m working on something like this, I wonder how a wild mythical creature like a unicorn would get flowers on him to begin with.
My wife has a collection of probably over a hundred unicorns. I think it also may be time for me to actually look at some of them and rethink my “feel” of this project.


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#8 posted 10-10-2010 08:30 AM

Sometimes they do have a flower lei around their necks which could encompass some of the shoulder area, but it’s pretty cool as it is, so perhaps don’t worry at all.


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#9 posted 10-10-2010 12:49 PM

William I just called in the expert on theese things in our house
you gessed right my daughter on ten years and she says its beautyfulll
and you shuold let it be as it is , with other worths its done

congrat´s from Denmark with another great project finished (sort of)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 10-10-2010 02:26 PM

It is an outstanding project William!! I agree with most in that it looks splendid just the way it is. It is an enchanting toy that any child would treasure. What a lucky little girl to receive such a beautiful gift!! I really loved reading your blog and following you step by step as you created this. Thank you so much for documenting your process and letting us all share in your creation!

Wonderful! Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 03:47 PM

This is Brandon’s wife here:
First this is increadible, and beautiful as is. Wow. But, just to put in my opinion too… The color and detail of the rocker is a little unbalanced by the sparcity of the unicorn. I do think you could add balance without loosing the purity of his/her look by adding a few small flowers in the mane, or a vine-ish type flower loosely twining along the neck or chest. I would stick to natural things ornamenting the unicorn. Your designs are lovely in their simplicity. So many unicorns end up being too gaudy. Wow, its great.
Some child is so lucky!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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