|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 09-24-2011 04:57 PM||2521 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
I realized that I have been sorely neglecting my Project Gallery. It seems that I never remember to upload my projects anymore. Most of the time I mention or show pictures of them in my daily blog, but then I forget to put them here. I plan to try to catch up and post some of my favorite items and those I think you may be interested in seeing. Perhaps if I do this once a week, I will catch up eventually.
Fiona Cat is one of my all time favorites. I designed this project with two elements in mind – cats and Halloween. I love all types of cats and I felt like doing a project with a cat as the focal point. I also love Halloween and all of its rich and warm colors.
All of the colors of the wood in this project except the hat and the pumpkin stems are natural colors of the wood. For Fiona I chose to use a Roasted Birch. I found this wood at my supplier in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is birch that has been heated until all the moisture is removed and the color turns a dark, rich brown color. When it is finished with mineral oil as I have done with Fiona, it darkens to a nearly black color. Due to the roasting process, it is very stable and dry. While this makes it fragile for use with delicate projects, applications such as this worked out beautifully. If you want to read more about the roasting process, you can click HERE to go to the site from the place I obtained it. I realize it is sometimes difficult to find, but I understand that the company above will ship.
Fiona’s hat is made from Ash. I liked the light colour of the ash, along with the interesting grain. To stain the ash, I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints along with DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium. I love these low-cost products because they are very easy to use and very economical. They are also easily available at most craft stores like Michael’s or you can even order them online at Decoart.com. I found star-shaped glass beads for embellishments on the hat and a beautiful star-shaped Swarovski Crystal to hang from the end of the hat.
For the bat pull, I again used the Roasted Birch. The bat’s eyes are also 3mm Swarovski Crystals.
Fiona’s cart top was made from Ash, although I chose to use Pau Amarillo for the scrolled side skirts of the cart. I loved the natural yellow color of the pau amarillo and the stability and tight grain held up well to the intricate scroll work. I also made the wheels from the Pau Amarillo, and used yellow Swarovski Crystals as accents on the hubs.
Finally, I used Padauk for making the pumpkins. The bright orange coloring was the perfect choice and when finished with mineral oil gave them a rich, warm tone. The stems of the pumpkins are 3/16” dowel rods, and I stained them with green Americana Acrylic paint and the Staining Medium. I debated whether to just use some small twigs from the yard, but I liked the little bit of color the green added. The tiny tendrils on the pumpkins are metallic green wire that is found in the jewelry making section of your local craft store. (Fiona’s whiskers are of black wire of this type)
I used mineral oil on everything. This brought out all the natural colors of these beautiful woods. I then applied several coats of spray shellac to finish everything off. I used Gorilla Wood Glue to glue everything together and a piece of jute to attach the bat pull to the cart.
I hope you all enjoy this project. If you want to make one yourself, you can find the pattern for it on my site. It would even look great if you use one type of light colored wood (such as maple) and stained everything with the acrylic paint. Either way, it is sure to bring a smile to your face!
Thanks for looking!
PS – I forgot the measurements – Fiona is about 7” tall (with cart) and the cart is about 8.5” long. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"