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Scrollsawn Songbird Ornaments Set 1

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1028 days ago 2222 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of two sets of songbird ornaments that I created. They are cut on the scroll saw of 1/8” maple. Each two piece ornament consists of a free standing songbird glued to an oval frame. My reasoning behind making these in two pieces was not only that I was able to keep the detail on the branches, but the frames add strength and stability to the delicate birds inside. Also, if desired, the birds can be used on their own as overlays or accents to existing projects. You can even incorporate the bird part of the design directly in to a lid of a box or picture.

I created two versions of these ornaments – one in natural mineral oil finish and the other stained with ordinary acrylic craft paint and DecoArt Antiquing and Staining medium. The medium makes any acrylic paint into a transparent stain and you can control the transparency by the ratio of stain to medium you choose to use.

These ornaments use the process of ‘veining’ on the scroll saw, in which you literally draw with the blade and use the kerf line to show detail and accents.

The pattern for these ornaments are available on my site. I hope you enjoy them!

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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michelletwo

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#1 posted 1028 days ago

very pleasing bird designs.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 1028 days ago

Delicate, detailed and beautifully finished, Sheila. A lovely post.

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

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 1028 days ago

Your work is something else Sheila!
It looks like any one of those could jump it’s perch and fly away!
Beautiful !

-- Having fun...Eric

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 1028 days ago

These look great! They are at a perfect difficulty level as well – not too easy and not too hard.

While I usually will always lean towards natural finishes, the painted versions look terrific – they aren’t overly painted and done very well. It almost seems like you do this for a living! ;-)

Looks like I might be placing an order soon – Xmas is approaching and these would make great stocking stuffers for the family!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1028 days ago

Very Cool! I love your design, Your passion for your craft is very inspiring!

-- Dennis Zongker

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1028 days ago

Eye catchers for sure!! Do you have a hummgbird pattern?

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

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marter1229

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#7 posted 1028 days ago

Outstanding looking ornaments.
Your work is always first class. thanks for sharing.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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moonls

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#8 posted 1028 days ago

This ornament set of bird designs look great and the holidays will be here before you know it!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 1028 days ago

Those are sure NICE!

You do such WONDERFUL work!

In looking at your website, I saw where the Patterns were For Sale… but I couldn’t see where the actual wood pieces were For Sale… You do sell them don’t you? If they are on your website, I could not find where they were… or know what was a Pattern vs the Wood product.

COOL stuff… I think I like the Cardinal the best…

Oh, I can’t let this go by any longer…
Sheila, your work has just gone to the birds! LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 1028 days ago

Hi again, Joe:
No, I don’t sell the wood pieces on their own. I only sell simpler pieces for some of the painting patterns. Otherwise I would spend my life cutting and I wouldn’t have any time to design. :) I am glad you like them. Thanks for not calling me a “bird brain!” :D

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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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 1028 days ago

OK Sheila… (bird brain… forgot THAT one! LOL)

What do you do with all of your Pattern Testing Creations?

Seems like you’re possibly letting some Income go by…

I realize that you wouldn’t want to go into Production item selling… not that many hours in a day!
... but, if you figure out a way to capitalize on your pieces that you make, maybe with an Auction approach, or an exclusive email approach… 1st come, 1st served, basis… income is income…

Maybe you have a house full of your Creations... which makes you feel good to look at… No argument that! LOL

You’re doing great!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 1028 days ago

Joe – I have a house full of creations that are packed in boxes. There are so many boxes that some boxes are stored in my partners’ parents’ basement. The sad story is that many of the items get damaged and wind up getting tossed out.

I was considering putting them on the site on the ‘items for sale’ page, but I fear that people won’t want to pay the horrible shipping costs and it will be a lot of trouble for very little money, My partner and I are both trying to find solutions for this, and any suggestions are welcome.

We really don’t have time to sell them at stores and in our area there really aren’t many anyway. It is a hard thing to deal with. We do give many of them away, but other than that, they are piling up!

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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ellen35

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#13 posted 1028 days ago

Sheila,
These are WONDERFUL!!! You are so creative and so talented!
Ellen

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 1028 days ago

Sheila,

Wow, it’s a shame that some of your stuff gets broken ending up as trash…

If there was a Fancy Gift Shop conveniently located, you could, once in awhile at your convenience, drop off a box filled with a bunch of Creations (keep a record of How Many items are in it, NOT a detailed list by item… too much work), let them sell them any way they want On Consignment (they keep track of the number of items sold & Sale$)... maybe once every 2-3 months… whatever box you want to fill is filled… etc. keeping it simple. Have a monthly report from the store mailed to you with accumulated commissions (a % of the Sales)... Would give you an idea of what they have left… etc. and request a check whenever you want one.

Make life as easy as you can with the store…

If you dated & signed your Creations & as part of the Store’s selling display having your picture, etc. as Originals from Sheila, etc… would demand a higher price than normal (if there is a “normal”).

I think you would be very pleasantly surprised at the results… for very little effort.

Just an idea… Hope it helps…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Roger

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#15 posted 1028 days ago

u r amazing Sheila…............ I think I heard em all singin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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