"Float Like a Butterfly" Dimensional Candle Tray

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 358 days ago 1003 views 2 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

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 358 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 358 days ago

Wow! Awesome Work!

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

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Jorge Velez

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#3 posted 358 days ago

love it Sheila! you are a master!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#4 posted 358 days ago

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 358 days ago

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

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 358 days ago

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 358 days ago

Great job Sheila.

-- Todd

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#8 posted 357 days ago

Very Impressive Sheila.

-- byrdman61 Slc, Ut

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#9 posted 357 days ago

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 357 days ago

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

-- Anna

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 357 days ago

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


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 357 days ago

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 357 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 357 days ago

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 356 days ago

Looks fantastic!
Just in time for spring

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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