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Intarsia Fairy Wall Hanging for Michelle

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Project by KoryK posted 12-13-2011 02:29 AM 4758 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an intarsia piece I made for my 5 year old granddaughter for Christmas this year because she really likes fairies. I found a picture online and made the pattern from that in Inkscape. It ended up being about 257 different pieces including the individual pieces for the flowers. The leafs took a while because of the shaping to make them slope down to the cuts in the center of each. The wings were fun to make because each section took four different woods to make. I was really happy with big piece on the wings because it ended up being the most beautiful piece of curly maple I have seen in a long time. The flowers ended up being the biggest pain because each petal and center were sanded and cut individually. I liked the stockings and dress because the wood colors really popped. The face was made from a technique that I have used several times. I cut out the eyes, nose, eyebrows, and mouth then filled them back in with epoxy mixed with different sawdust’s to color it. If I do this one again I would change the color of the flowers to make them stand out a little better.

Woods used: curly maple, wenge, walnut, cherry, bolivian rosewood, purple heart, yellow heart, red heart, ash, aspen, blood wood, mahogany. It is about 2 ½ feet across by 1 ½ feet tall and is finished with a clear satin finish. It took about 85 hours to make the pattern and the piece.

Thanks for looking

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 02:47 AM

Wow, Kory:
Whenever I see the notice in my mail box that you posted another project, I know I am in for a real treat – and this time is no different. Everything about this piece is beautiful! The shaping. The choice of wood. The design. Everything. You are a true artist and it is truly a pleasure to see your incredible pieces. Awesome work!

Sheila

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

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Hallmark

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 03:27 AM

Have the camera ready on Christmas. I don’t think you’ll need a flash, what with her smile being so bright. Great job!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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Chips

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 03:31 AM

Amazing work. Thanks for posting

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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sras

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 04:19 AM

Wow! You really know how to make a stunning intarsia project. Very impressive.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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majeagle1

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 04:28 AM

Wow again Kory….... this is absolutely a work or art!!!

I have been thinking about incorporating intarsia into a couple of my boxes….. seeing your work has really got me inspired. I have many questions but first, what “books” or other material would you recommend for someone to start / learn intarsia?

You know, maybe in your spare time ( LOL ) you could do an class / blog here on LJ’s….....hint…hint !!

Again, this little fairy is just the cutest thing ever, I agree with Hallmark, you better have a camera ready for the big smile and hug coming your way!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 04:42 AM

Wow, Kory you just keep getting better and better! This is truly outstanding and a fantastic work of art!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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MShort

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 06:17 AM

Kory the quality of your artwork is above outstanding. I agree with Erwin, you just keep getting better and better. What a great granddad you are. Thanks for sharing your works with us.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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lanwater

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 07:46 AM

It’s beautifull!

Your work truly stands out.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 11:43 AM

What everybody above already said!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 12:04 PM

You are truly gifted! Amazing work no doubt! I always look fwd to looking at your work! A real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 01:56 PM

Stunning. You are a master.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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Roger

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#12 posted 12-13-2011 02:32 PM

that’s just tee totally beautiful. definate wow factor

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

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atogrf1

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#13 posted 12-13-2011 02:37 PM

WOW doesn’t even BEGIN to sum it up!!!!
VERY nice!!!!!
She is a lucky little girl indeed.

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#14 posted 12-13-2011 05:34 PM

very, very, nice, hard to come up with a fitting enough compliment for this beautiful piece.

-- Smitty!!!

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#15 posted 12-13-2011 06:24 PM

Outstanding! Awesome job!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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