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"Reindeer Games" Overlay Scroll Sawn Ornaments

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-29-2012 04:09 PM 2078 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok – so all of you who read my blog have already seen these. But I find that I show them there and then I wait until the patterns are available on my website before posting them here in my project gallery and then I forget to do it! I don’t want you all to think I am getting lazy – so I am trying to keep up with things and post in my gallery too.

The ornaments are approximately 3.5” tall and they are two layers of wood. The back plates are made from 1/8” maple and the reindeer are made from 1/8” walnut. They are cut on the scroll saw and then glued together to make these fine and festive ornaments! If you would like to see how the process is done, I have a five part video series that I posted on my site. It is on the Free Stuff page of my website under the Instructional Scroll Saw Videos link (or you can click right here and it will take you there!)

The videos show everything from applying the pattern to cutting out the designs to applying the finish. So all of you with those scroll saws that are gathering (the wrong kind of) dust in your shops – I hope this inspires you to drag them out and dust them off and give scroll sawing a try! It is fun and relaxing and a great part of woodworking.

PS – the last pictures is the same ornament cut from Baltic birch plywood and stained with acrylic paints and DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium. It give it an entirely different look for those of you who like a little color.

I hope you enjoy the pattern! Thanks for looking! (The patterns ARE available on my site at this time.)

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 04:30 PM

A beautiful collection, Sheila and a very good blog too. Full of technique and useful info.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 04:38 PM

Thanks, Martyn! I’m hoping that maybe one day I can get YOU to drag out your scroll saw and have a go at it! You are so great at small details I think that it would add another facet to your work. But I am a patient girl. The time will come when you are ready. ;)

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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michelletwo

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 04:45 PM

hey gal..these are super..I like all the different positions of their legs..they all look unique that way. Very cool decorations

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

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RKaste

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 05:12 PM

Those are really nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 05:16 PM

Thank you both so very much. I truly enjoyed making them. Originally I was going to have them with a banner of some sort with their individual names on it (no back plate) but trying to get the banner to ‘gracefully’ connect to the ornaments as well as keep them sturdy and have a place to hang them proved to be too much of a challenge. Ultimately I decided to add the back plate on, offering both support and solving the problem of attaching the names and hanging them. This allowed me to keep the reindeer light and elegant. I think their delicate nature adds to the implied movement of them.

In any case, “they is what they is” and I am glad you like them! :)

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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#6 posted 07-29-2012 05:26 PM

Very nice looking (and functional too !) ornaments, not like a lot of the super heavy commercial ones . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 07-29-2012 06:23 PM

They are great Sheila

It was also great fun watching it all

evolve within your class, well worth

watching. I’m yet to take the plunge

as my el-Cheapo scrollsaw seems totally

inadequate for the project that I have

in mind.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-29-2012 06:37 PM

Thanks, Jaime:
Sometimes it is best to start small and work from there. And remember . . . you always have me to ask if you need help! Even though we are an ocean apart, this internet thingy makes it pretty easy to communicate and I will be happy to help you as much as I can. :)

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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#9 posted 07-29-2012 07:40 PM

Very nice ornaments Shelia….with all that cutting, I’m sure you must have stack cut some of them to save time. Thanks for sharing and offering the patterns on your website.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 07-29-2012 07:44 PM

Hi, Larry:
I did stack them but only to make an additional set for staining. The reindeer are all different (as are the back plates because of the names and configurations of the stars) so they all had to be cut individually. But making additional sets would be easy, as you can stack cut them and it does offer a bit more resistance, making it easier to control the blade on the tiny turns. I am glad you like them!

Take care :) 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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#11 posted 07-29-2012 11:01 PM

Love them! Videos are also great. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 07-29-2012 11:37 PM

Wow! The contrast and variety of design where the stars is catching my attention where it is placed. Stars in relation to reindeer position is clever. The grain pattern adds color and create movement of illusion. I really like the design. BTW, the fonts is not in this world…. it might have come from out there… Sta Claus’ world. :-[)
God Bless,

-- Bert

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Roger

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#13 posted 07-30-2012 12:21 AM

Those are all beautiful Sheila. I really like the wood combos you use. It really makes your fantastic scrolln pop even more so. :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 07-30-2012 12:36 AM

Thank you both John and Bert. I am glad you like them. I do take longer to design things than some of the other designers, but I do try to think through all aspects of the design such as the grain direction and the fonts. All the fonts that I used are modified quite a bit because most of them can’t be just printed and scrolled out. They need to be strengthened in certain areas so that they will stand up to scrolling, without altering the overall appearance. I wanted the grain to imitate clouds in the sky, and yes, Bert – I did strategically place the stars so they look good. I am glad that you notice all these details that I put into the designs. I always say my goal is to make the projects look hard, but in actuality be ‘easy.’ It pleases me a lot that you all like these so much.

Thanks again! :) 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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jerrells

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#15 posted 07-30-2012 12:57 AM

Great looking. I am sure these will be a hit in the fall – espically in a CRAFT MALL

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

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