"Float Like a Butterfly" Dimensional Candle Tray

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-23-2013 03:00 PM 1925 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I created several new candle tray patterns for the scroll saw. I didn’t want to post them all at once, so I will be posting a new one every couple of days so I don’t clog up the project page with too many projects. I do this a lot, and I often wind up forgetting to post new things at all as I move on to new projects. I don’t want you all to think I am lazy, so I figure it is time to really try to keep up with I am doing and adding new things to my gallery.

This candle tray is what I call a ‘dimensional’ tray. Instead of hanging the pieces from the mouth of the candle as I did with previous designs, I decided to use wooden dowels to post the figures around the tray. By adding these pieces separately to the design, it gave me more flexibility with what types of designs I would be able to create.

I love the vine work on this piece. I had a lot of fun cutting the flowing and swirling designs. The wood I used for this piece is ash. I chose it because of its light color and strong grain. Pictures 2, 3 and 5 show the tray in its natural color. I used mineral oil on the piece prior to finishing it to bring out the color of the wood and the grain.

After the oil absorbed into the wood, I used acrylic paint and DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium gel to create soft stains that I used for coloring just the face of the wood, leaving the sides their natural colors.

After the stains dried, I applied two light coats of spray lacquer to seal the pieces. I then added some hot fix rhinestones on the vine area and also on the heads of the butterflies to give subtle accents.

I hope you enjoy the piece. Thanks for looking! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 03:12 PM

Wow these are amazing Sheila ,fantastic work and a very cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 03:16 PM

Wow! Awesome Work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 03:20 PM

love it Sheila! you are a master!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 04:13 PM

wow shelia, this is beautiful, i just love it, i guess i dont get out to often, as i have never seen a multi wicked candle, but the cutting is fantastic, i really like the butterflies and would also enjoy them in a few more different colors, but you really nailed this…...grizz

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 04:16 PM

Thank you all very much!

Bob – I got the candle as a Christmas present. It has “Bed, Bath and Body” embossed on the lid so I expect it is from there. I kind of like the look of the shorter candles like this, and since it was white and goes with anything, I have been using it as my ‘model’ for a candle.

I am glad you like the design. It was really fun to do.

Thanks again. :) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 04:43 PM

Very nice Sheila

-- 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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#7 posted 04-23-2013 04:57 PM

Great job Sheila.

-- Todd

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 07:53 PM

Very Impressive Sheila.

-- byrdman61 Slc, Ut

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 02:01 AM

The painting of the butterfly has added emphasis on the body and wings plus the use of rhinestone as the eyes (head) enhances the beauty of the tray. This is a work of two professionals in one… a scrollexpert and a master decoart painter the way I knew you Sheila. Excellent art and functional tray.
Thanks for posting as project.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 02:23 AM

I love the splash of colour on this one. Beautifully done.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 10:24 AM

Thank you all again very much. I am so happy you like it. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 12:11 PM

The way you did this is very kool. Super nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 04-24-2013 02:05 PM

From following your blog, we know you are far from lazy, and thank you for sharing your wonderful scrollwork
with us. Very nice candle tray, and in just a few more weeks the butterflies should be showing up again, so
it is just in time.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 02:08 PM

Very nice piece of work, Sheila. This pattern should do well for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 04-25-2013 05:18 PM

Looks fantastic!
Just in time for spring

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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