|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 11-16-2014 02:24 PM||2044 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
I really loved creating these little scroll sawn sleigh ornaments. In looking for “antique sleighs” for reference, I saw literally hundreds of beautiful and flowing designs. It really made me want to go out an find a real antique sleigh! (But where would I put it if I did!)
I wanted to make the little ornaments using mainly hardwoods, as I had several small pieces of beautiful colors in my wood pile. I used maple as the sleigh beds, as that was the cohesive element that kept the pieces looking like a ‘set’ when displayed altogether. The runners are made from walnut, cherry, padauk, bloodwood, mahogany and jatoba. The contrasting, yet natural colors look beautiful on the pale maple beds. As you see in the fifth picture though, I did paint one of the beds red – just to see . . .
Each sleigh ornament measures approximately 5” long. The little ornaments can be made with one runner for hanging them, or two so they can stand up on a mantle or table centerpiece. I even tried using a little metallic wax on some of the runners and it gave yet another lovely effect.
I am selling the pattern for the set of 12 different sleighs, but I also decided to give a sample pattern which contains two sleighs in it. I invite you to retrieve your free pattern on the Free Patterns and Resources page at my site.
I hope you enjoy this project!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"