|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 04-06-2012 10:41 PM||1542 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I thought it was time that I add a project in! I have been forgetting to do so here on Lumberjocks and I don’t want you all to think I was getting lazy. After seeing the contest where you got to pick your favorite project from the previous year, I realized just how few projects I actually post here. I suppose I see lots of things that I design that others make from my patterns and it feels like I have a good presence here regardless.
In any case – this project is one of my favorites to date. It is a calendar topper that is used to hang your pre-purchased wall calendar. Since it is only a topper, it doesn’t matter if you get the same size calendar every year, as just about any size will work well with it.
The center oval is recessed and there is a Rare Earth Magnet in the center of it. It holds the overlay ovals which have the months of the year scroll sawn and mounted to them. The base itself is of maple, as are the oval backing pieces. The lettering is of mahogany (1/8” thick)
The overlay pieces are all scroll sawn of 1/8” maple. I chose to stain the pieces, using acrylic paints and a gel staining medium to make the acrylic paint semi-transparent. While I like adding the color to the pieces, they also look attractive if left unstained, as the detail lines are scroll sawn into them.
There are also three Rare Earth magnets embedded into the base, which holds the three seasonal pieces. On the back of each overlay piece, there is a small (3/8”) metal washer. This makes the pieces easily removable for storage and changing. I plan to make more sets with other themes such as birthday, horses, etc.
I now have the pattern for this project available on my site. The entire series of pieces was published in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine in three installments.
I hope you like the project! Thanks for looking.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"