|Project by Keith Fenton||posted 04-23-2013 03:53 PM||1578 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
I started this series of “Self-Framing Leaf Bordered” Wildlife a couple months ago and have been adding to it ever since. I plan to keep making them until I have at least 50 so this will be an ongoing project over the next year or two. :)
The animals in the portraits are (in order): Moose, (Grey)Wolves, Kodiak Bear, Screech Owl, Roe Deer, Monarch Butterfly, Grouse and a Whitetail Deer.
I really like using the bevel cut to recess the inner portrait which gives this “self-framing” effect. It works well, is easy to do and makes effective use of your wood. These are really fun to make, especially when it comes to cutting the inner portrait. I find it really cool how only a handful of cuts can make such a detailed portrait. Most of the inner portraits were very quick and fairly easy to cut.
I made them about 8” X 10” in size but did also make the pattern linework in a 10.5” X 13.5” size. This is the biggest I could fit on 2 sheets of normal printer paper but also works out to being close to the upper limit of what I find to be fun to cut on the scroll saw. (Also finding hardwood wider than 10.5” starts to get harder and more expensive.)
The backers were cut from 1/8” Baltic birch plywood and then stained with DecoArt Americana acrylics and all but the black ones have been mixed with DecoArt Staining & Antiquing Medium in order to convert them into a semi-transparent stain. I’m not too keen on the bright green background I used on the bear and roe deer, and also not a fan of the oak I used on the bear. Oak is not something that I use very often and after this project, I think I will keep away from it for this type of work.
-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com