|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 08-18-2013 11:51 AM||1665 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
This is the second set in the series of Damask style self-framing plaques that I designed.
The main plaque is cut from 1/2” ash. I love working with ash. It has a beautiful grain, a lovely light color and it holds up very well to this type of delicate scroll work.
The self-framing plaques are created by cutting the central oval on a slight bevel on the scroll saw. This causes the inner part of the plaque to drop down slightly and lock into place. By routing the inner and outer edges of the frame, it gives a polished and finished look to the plaques.
I then cut the scroll sawn details into the piece. This set had three distinct Damask style patterns, that are fun and easy to cut. I also cut a small Damask style motif into the frames to accent them and tie them into the central design.
I use 1/8” birch plywood for a backing of the central portion of the pictures, painting them in deep, vivid colors to show off the Damask scroll work. I also use the same 1/8” birch for the simple silhouette overlay pieces, which are painted solid black and glued on top. I had tried to use natural colored walnut, but I felt the contrast was not strong enough and the black acrylic painted pieces looked much nicer.
Finally, I added some beautiful crystal rhinestones in coordinating colors to accent the pieces. This subtle shimmer really made the pieces look polished and finished (Rhinestones were purchased from Rhinestone Canada)
I hope you like the projects!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"