|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 01-29-2013 05:20 PM||3663 views||10 times favorited||55 comments|
Here is the latest version of my scroll saw mask madness! Lately I have really enjoyed designing different types of ornaments using Venetian masks as a theme. After doing a set of mask ornaments, it was suggested to me to try and make these into smaller brooches and pendants. I loved this idea and immediately downsized one of my original patterns to a size that would be suitable for wear.
The masks measure 3 inches from end to end. They are cut from solid hardwood planed down to 1/8” thickness. The mask in picture #1 is ebony. I used two clear leaded crystals as accents and a white feather.
The second mask is made from curly maple. While it is difficult to see the curly grain from the picture, due to the intricate cutting, the maple proved to be a wonderfully sturdy choice of wood to hold up to this type of design. I added two Aurora Borealis leaded crystals for accents on this piece, as well as a black feather.
The third photo shows the same mask cut from black walnut. I used two red leaded crystals to accent the piece, as well as a brown and white feather.
The fourth picture show the size of the masks in comparison with a penny. The final picture show me cutting the piece on the scroll saw. (For cutting, I used my Excalibur saw and a 3/0 blade by Olson)
Each mask has 63 inside cuts and measures 3” x 1.5” tall. To date, I believe this was the most challenging project that I have cut. The thin lines that made up the diamonds on the mask allow little room for error, and I needed to be patient and go very slow with cutting.
All three pieces are finished with mineral oil followed by two coats of spray lacquer. They are all their natural wood colors, with no dyes or colorants used.
I think these make wonderful brooches or you could even hang them by a thin chain to make a pendant from them. They could be worn on a sweater, blouse or even a winter coat.
I hope you like them.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"