|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 319 days ago||944 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
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
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