ScrollSaw Information and Resources #58: Embellish of existing patterns

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 01-23-2014 01:34 PM 1021 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I will be cutting a set of standard patterns but my goal is to have them stand out for all the rest who use the same pattern. There are several ways to accomplish this we all know. Let me explore a few and , if you would, add you comments or suggestions.

1. Choice of wood. Instead of using the standard oak or maple we all know that more exotic woods look much nicer when finished. The down side is they might only appeal to a select group of persons.

2. The use of gems, rhinestones to add style and sparkle to your design. Again this is a little safer that the first but still may have smaller appeal.

3. Paint is a old stand by but a lot of persons have started using that method. I feel that it only works in certain areas.

4. Alter the pattern. I have seen a number of patterns featured in Creative Woodworks and Crafts where someone alter the existing pattern to add their personal taste or style.

I am sure that there are other methods that are used a much as these however these are the ones that come to mind. Feel free to add your own, if you wish. I think the would be a excellent topic for us all to discuss and share ideas.

As I said, feel free to add you own comments – the more the better.

Thanks for reading.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Steve Kreins

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 02:00 PM

Good word Brother! One of the best compliments I see in project comments is, ”That’s unique!”
I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Bless you!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 02:44 PM

It is sometimes interesting to use a pattern for something different than it was originally designed for. You can also combine patterns for a different look.

-- Kepy

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 03:36 PM

Jerrells I have found inspiration from these 2 Lumberjocks. Leldon uses contrasting woods in his word art scrollings as seen here.
Anna uses other materials such as leather
Hope the links work.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 09:40 PM

Most of my recent projects I’ll modify existing patterns in Adobe Illustrator to recreate them with my own preferences and flair. I’ll be making some unique custom patterns in the near future. I too like to use unique woods and grains that complement the subject matter.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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