|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 1335 days ago||2137 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
OK, so this candle try thingy is turning into an addiction! I really love designing these! They are FUN and EASY and come out so cool. Even though this is shown in Halloweenie colors, it would look great with a red candle and ribbon. (After all, Vampires are the rage, aren’t they?)
The candle tray is made of oak. I used an oil finish, followed by spray shellac. The bat charms are cut from 1/8” ebony and are left in their natural color. I only oiled them, as I don’t quite know how to give them a final finish. I need to ask some of my ‘expert’ friends who have worked with ebony before.
I am toying with the idea of embedding red crystal eyes in the ebony bats. I may update the pictures later on if I can here. (I never tried it before, so I am not sure).
The patterns will be available on my site soon. I have some more ideas and want to get a few more designs under my belt before they go up for sale.
I hope you enjoy looking! :)
Added in later:
I did have some small Swarovski Crystals to use for the eyes, however the red ones were too large. As much as I would have liked to have red eyes on the bat, the clear crystals were a far better choice for them. Picture 5 shows the bat and the red crystal is above his head. I guess life is full of compromises.
The last picture shows the bats with their new crystal eyes. I made small depressions with a brad drill bit so the crystals have a place to sit and were less likely to pop off.
I decided against doing the eyes on the tray itself. I just liked how they looked slanted and mysterious when scrolled in.
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