|Project by luv2learn||posted 11-02-2012 06:30 PM||4251 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I have to credit fellow LJs KoryK and TrippleB for peaking my interest in Intarsia. KoryK posted an Intarsia class and blog that gave me the confidence to try this art form.
This free Teddy Bear pattern is included in a E book class called Intarsia 101. Since this was my first attempt at Intarsia I adopted the same mindset as koryk and approached it with a fresh mindset.
Rather than print the pattern on paper I printed it on Transparency Film made for inkjet printers. The reason I did this was so that I could easily see the grain direction of the wood. I did cover the transparency with packing tape to preserve the ink while tracing over it.
After positioning the pattern where I wanted it I slid some carbon paper under the transparency and traced the part. In this case part of the leg. Now I have an outline of the piece on the board, I can see the grain direction, and need not worry about removing a paper pattern later. The transparency can be used over and over again when producing multiples of the same design.
Since this was my first attempt, I chose wood that I had on hand and that wouldn’t be as painful to scrap if I screwed things up. the body is cedar, the paws cottonwood, the scarf walnut, and the eyes wooden pegs from my local hobby shop. I did cheat and stained the eyes with a dark walnut stain.
This is an aside, Transparency Film is expensive. Retail office supply stores want $60.00 plus for 50 8 1/2×11 sheets. Amazon has it for a little over $30.00. The brand I had on hand is called Apollo.
Thanks again to fellow LJs koryk and trippleB for the inspiration. Thanks to you all for looking.
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green