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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 450 days ago 2108 views 10 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 450 days ago

Wow this is way cool Sheila ,very creative. Great work.

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Celticscroller

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#2 posted 450 days ago

Love them Sheila! Beautifully done

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#3 posted 450 days ago

these are really great, i know you really tried your cutting skills on these and you did a marvelous job, and im sure your happy with this effort..i wish you the best for the contest…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Rick13403

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#4 posted 450 days ago

Great job Sheila. Thanks for sharing them.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 450 days ago

oh I like the chain idea!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 450 days ago

Nice Sheila, they look great.
Jamie

-- 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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WoodenFrog

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#7 posted 450 days ago

Really cool Sheila, Really Cool!

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Triumph1

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#8 posted 450 days ago

Wow…I really couldn’t tell the scale until the fourth picture…you sure do have some talent on the scroll saw! These are really cool!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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stefang

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#9 posted 450 days ago

Great idea and very nicely done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 450 days ago

Ooh now there’s something really special.

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

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Time2beupinAZ

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#11 posted 450 days ago

That is really cool. I love them.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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Dave Dufour

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#12 posted 450 days ago

Beautifully, nice work

-- Dave, from Canada, http://simplywoodproducts.ca

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MShort

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#13 posted 450 days ago

Beautiful work as always.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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americancanuck

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#14 posted 450 days ago

Sheila I think that you have given all of us another mark to astrive to. the masks are beautiful, truely a work of art.

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#15 posted 450 days ago

I wonder if it would be possible to steam bend a piece of scroll work like that… I might have to make a full sized mask for my wife.

-- Brian

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