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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1463 days ago 2296 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"





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Bearpie

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#1 posted 1463 days ago

Wow Sheila, this is stunning! perfect for Halloween time. Very delicate looking. I am a bit concerned about the contact points of the bat to the rings, looks a bit too fragile? Maybe make them a teeny weeny bit bigger? Otherwise I think you scored big on this one!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1463 days ago

Thanks, Erwin. It is really fun to make.

As far as being delicate. . . you would be amazed at how sturdy it is. You could probably throw it like a frisbee and it would be fine (kind of kidding, but kind of serious too!) The bats are connected at five points – the top of the wings, the tips of the wings and the tail. This makes them extremely stable and you really don’t need to have a large area that it connects to. My partner questioned me when he saw the drawing and wanted me to make the spots thicker where they touch, but I didn’t listen (I am stubborn!) and he does see now that I was (dare I say it???) “right” You just need to cut carefully and not overshoot when you turn at those points. However, if you would feel more comfortable making the places wider, by all means it is OK. But it really isn’t necessary. You need to trust me on this :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 1463 days ago

That is beautiful Sheila.
Your tight craftsmanship is awesome.
And the results are really impressive.
I bet people on your gift list can’t wait for Christmas to roll around!

-- Having fun...Eric

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 1463 days ago

Lovely, Sheila and I’m sure the red eyes will be stunning. As for ebony. I’d go the sanding sealer and wax route, but that’s just me. Its so dark that practically any finish will be OK. Oil tends to darken things, so if you come across lighter streaks in the Ebony its often good for relieving that. All I could advise against is a gloss finish.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 1463 days ago

Thanks, Martyn! You were one of the ‘experts’ that I was going to ask! :D I was afraid to put any polyurethane or spray on them because I didn’t want them to look hazy. I am heading for my crystal drawer now and hopefully I will have some red ones small enough for the job. I did see some very faint light streaks in this piece, but they were very tiny and shouldn’t show at all. I like the oil too, as you know. I rarely use high gloss because it shows every flaw and I think detracts from the wood. I will update when the eyes are in place.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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woodbutcher

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#6 posted 1463 days ago

scrollgirl,
Very nicely done! I can certainly see from the Bats themselves where the Gothic look eminates. It does appear to be a delicate cutting as well. The overall appeal is two fold for me such as Delicate/Gothic. Seems to be an oxymoron and I Love Jumbo Shrimp! I see where the drilling process was a very time consuming part of this also. The use of the Oak and Ebony really helps with the diametrical oppositions being conveyed here. Congratulations on a very interesting design and thanks for sharing.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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ellen35

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#7 posted 1463 days ago

Very impressive, Sheila!
The base is beautiful… and a little scary!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1463 days ago

Sheila, I wonder if this is acheivable using a scroll saw?

Its Escher’s Angels and Devils

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 1463 days ago

Is that a challenge?? :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1463 days ago

That would be cruel. Just kidding.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Loucarb

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#11 posted 1463 days ago

Very well done love the detail of the bats.

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ND2ELK

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#12 posted 1463 days ago

Exquisite detail and design. Very unique and beautifully done. Impressive looking piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 1331 days ago

This is very beautiful, Sheila. My wife would love that. Maybe, before it’s over, you will get me to try my hand at scroll sawing.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DocHamm

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#14 posted 1068 days ago

Sheila this is awesome! I love it and know my husband would love one! I checked your website but don’t see the pattern listed. Will it be available soon? I would love to make one of these for my husband for this Halloween. He is a BIG halloween/horror/vampire fan and I’d love to give him one to put on his work desk with a candy jar.
Keep up the great work!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 1068 days ago

Thank you so much DocHamm. I love Gothic things myself and I think they can be displayed all year long. Here is the link to the product:

Gothic Bat Candle Tray

If you want to go to the site directly. Let me know if you need any additional help and thank you again!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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