Angel fish Jewellery Mirror

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Project by TJ65 posted 01-02-2011 01:04 AM 2373 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is a first for me in many years. Actually it would have to be the first since I was learning woodworking at high school. I am talking about making ‘proper’ joints to make a frame as such. Considering all this it has turned out pretty well. Some joints are well…. Not tight, but thankfully not imperative for the structural strength.
The whole idea behind this was that my daughter likes her tropical fish…. and jewellery. So I had this idea of making an arty take on a fish tank. Angel fish are renowned for their like/dislike of one another and often take on themselves in their reflection and give the impression of two fish. I used 3mm MDF and stack cut them on the scroll saw. I then glued the two together and spray painted them because as all you scrollers know, it is sooooo difficult to hand paint every surface when it has so many cuts. So that’s the two fish explained. Initially I wanted something on the top to make it look like the lid on a tropical tank but I ran out of time before I could find anything suitable. So I just left it.
The lookalike iron work is scrolled and doubles as a place to hang earrings. I had some MDF that was covered in a durable plastic paint or something that I picked up when I got free pallets from a tile shop. These MDF boards were used to show case tiles. Which I have also got and yet to do something with. (I’ll get there, eventually) Anyway I painted over it with black gloss spray and I am hoping that will hold things together a bit better than just plain MDF and paint.
The wood…. don’t know. It is from a pallet, it is very white/pale in colour with a pretty tight grain, which you really can’t tell by the picture.
To keep the lightness of the wood I first sealed it with a white shellac sealer then coated it with a couple coats of satin poly.
Oh by the way do you know just how hard it is to photograph a mirror and get a decent picture?????

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 01:07 AM


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#2 posted 01-02-2011 01:20 AM

Way cool! A well as ingenious!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 01:33 AM

I Like that! Very pretty. Did you draw the pattern yourself?


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#4 posted 01-02-2011 01:46 AM

This looks super great Theresa. I see your artistic side coming out more and more in your well crafted projects, and I find it refreshing to see them. I’ve always had a liking for Angle fish, as they have a certain decorative symmetry about them, and you have magnified that with the way they are presented.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 01:53 AM

Yeah, I am facinated by reflected photography. Great fun ;-)) That is a nice project. i’m sure your daughter likes it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 01:56 AM

this is freekin awesome TJ. I really like the look of the wrought iron. you are just one heck-of-a scrolling arteest! really nice project.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 01:58 AM

Very elegant!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 02:01 AM

Beautiful and exquisite fretwork. You have certainly caught the Angel fish’s most delicate details—great job, Theresa.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#9 posted 01-02-2011 02:09 AM

Really Beautiful, Theresa! I love the fish! They are so delicate and intricate and they are just stunning! You did an wonderful job!

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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#10 posted 01-02-2011 02:19 AM

Beautiful great job you did I like it very much.

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#11 posted 01-02-2011 02:21 AM

Thanks everyone, I was greatly surprised to see so many of you that like this.
My woodworking skills are certainly improving and yes, it’s now fun to incorporate some artistic work into it.

Barb – I didn’t draw the fish I found it online somewhere. But I did think up the style of the frame

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 01-02-2011 02:33 AM

Great looking project Theresa, you sure are good with the scrollsaw. I have found some nice grains in wood from pallets and some good quality ply wood. Enjoy seeing your work.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 01-02-2011 03:19 AM

Very impressive. Beautifully done. I am sure your daughter loved it. Thank you for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 01-02-2011 03:30 AM

You have some serious imagination Theresa, Great Job!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 01-02-2011 04:07 AM

This is very beautiful Theresa, I really like it. Your daughter must be proud of it and you!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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