Bear with Stars

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Project by arudson posted 10-20-2012 08:08 PM 1123 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to do a commission piece for a lady who had seen my work more than a year earlier at a craft show and had kept my contact information. She presented me with a simple sketch, about 4” by 4”, and asked me two produce two wall hangings; one for an existing grandchild and one for an imminent grandchild. She asked me to make these in the style of some other projects I had at the show and I was happy to oblige.

Each of the bears are roughly the same size at about 24” by 24”, The colour and pattern is same for each but I did not do them both at one time so there are some slight differences in the shapes of the piece; which I think is a good thing. The photos posted are just of the same bear.

These are constructed from Western White Pine mounted on 1/2” sanded birch ply. All cutting and shaping was done at the band saw, scroll saw and belt sander. In all, there are 5 different elevations ranging from ¾” to 2”. Each piece is cut to shape and sanded, and then four coats of common hobby paint are applied to the top and sides of each piece, lightly sanding after all but the final coat. The pieces are glued to the plywood using Tightbond III. Glue was also applied to the joining sides of the pieces but they are loose fitting joints so I don’t think much strength is gained there.

These were fun and easy to make. By far the lengthiest process was painting, but this was a very enjoyable activity that was done in the comfortable climate of indoors (my woodworking shop is half my garage and can be very cold or hot depending on the season), in a seated position and with a good audio book playing on the stereo.

My customer was very pleased with the outcome and I understand that these are now hanging in the bedrooms of her grandchildren.

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 09:25 PM

Very nice great colours for kids

Your finish is very neat


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