Classic Fretwork Shell Candle Tray

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-22-2011 12:41 AM 2165 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another tray I designed and cut out on the scroll saw. It is made of maple. The lighting of the candle in the main picture really makes the wood look darker than it actually is. It is more like the other two pictures in reality. I embedded Swarovski pearl beads in the center of each scallop shell for an accent. The finish that I used for it is my favorite mineral oil followed by spray shellac. I think it gives it a warm, rich and soft glow.

I had seen some iron work in my travels with a similar shell motif and I like the way the flowing lines of the shell contrasted with the hardness of the iron. It was very fun and relaxing to cut. I thoroughly enjoyed making it. I hope you like it!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 12:46 AM

very elegant Sheila. your stuff is so intricate. the pearls really “kick it up a notch.” very nice

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

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 01:31 AM

Very nice!!

-- 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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#3 posted 06-22-2011 01:59 AM

Very nice! While the pearls aren’t my “cup of tea”, I do love the scrollwork! I think I like the large amount of empty space in between each shell – it makes the entire piece look very dainty and fragile.

Very cool!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 02:01 AM

Very nice looking tray – love your work

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

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 02:16 AM

I Love it!!!

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 02:20 AM

that’s a real beauty, i look at those nice cuts and wonder how you get them so good, your years of experience sure come through on pieces like this, great job sheila..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 02:28 AM

Thank you all very much. This piece was one of my personal favorites. And Bob – for those who are like you and not partial to the pearls, I include two patterns – one with round holes (depressions) to set the pearls into and the other has tear drop shaped cuts where the pearls are placed. I didn’t want plain round holes because I felt it didn’t go well with the flowing lines. The tear drop shaped cuts look much better and follow along the lines of the shells much nicer.

I appreciate the feedback very much. There aren’t any tricky curls or hard places in this one and it is fairly easy to make. Just one hole at a time like I always say. You could even use a Dremel and shape the shells for a carved look. I think that would be awesome.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 02:36 AM

Seeing something like that makes me want to try it. I wish I had your imagination , and patience. Nice piece of work!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 03:41 AM

Wow Sheila, you ladies & your scroll work, this piece represents a lot of blade setting to me, not to mention one hell of a lot of patience.
The end result is fabulous, Well done :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 06-22-2011 03:42 AM


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#12 posted 06-22-2011 04:01 AM

You always seem to “one up” yourself each time Sheila! Great job!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 06-22-2011 04:33 AM

Nicely done Sheila.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 06-22-2011 04:33 AM

Beautiful. I look and I want to understand how you do it. Milling machine computer copier? It seems to me to do it by hand is very difficult.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#15 posted 06-22-2011 04:34 AM

I’m with Bob on the open space – really makes this one attractive. I like the detail on the border. One of my favorites!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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