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SLD435 - 3 Damask Style Kitty Overlay Self-Framing Scrollsawn Plaques

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-18-2013 11:51 AM 1687 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"





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#1 posted 08-18-2013 12:36 PM

I really like the way these came out.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 12:40 PM

Thanks Roger! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Sheila

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 03:15 PM

Beautiful, just beautiful. An interesting multi-layer technique as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 03:30 PM

I have to say this looks amazing.

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 04:13 PM

like the red one best..cool new stuff

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-18-2013 07:32 PM

Thank you all. I like how they came out as well. I really like working with ash. S

Sheila

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

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#7 posted 08-18-2013 09:18 PM

these are really nice, i love the kitties and so does susan,i have not worked with ash yet, and it does look really good here, sure is nice to see you posting your work, i know you must have quite a bit you could post…

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 08-18-2013 09:23 PM

Hi, Bob:
Yes – I don’t post like I should. Many times I think because I show things in my blog that I am being redundant when I post them as projects here. But then when I look at my project page, lots of my best stuff is missing. I am trying to be better about keeping up because I realize that there are lots of people here that don’t follow the blog.

It is good to hear from you. I hope you and Sue are having a good summer and you are feeling well. Thanks for taking the time to comment and cheer me on. :)

Sheila

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

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BertFlores58

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#9 posted 08-18-2013 11:04 PM

Making a silhouette is hard to visualize specially when the background is composed of curve lines. However you made it wonderful and the balance is really showing your expertise.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 08-18-2013 11:42 PM

Thank you Bert. As I said, I tried to keep the wood a natural color and used a dark walnut. However, the cut out design had strong shadows because the plaque itself is 1/2” thick. Any thinner and I think they would have looked cheap and cheesy. I also wanted to be able to route the edges so they would look more professional, which required the at least 1/2” thickness. The only answer would be to use a black wood like ebony or paint the ply wood as I did. I do have some thin ebony, but in considering my customers, the cost would definitely be prohibitive using such expensive wood. The silhouettes look fine in the painted pieces. The focus is the background plaque wood. The depth of the plaques was also why I chose deep, rich colors for the back boards. Again, using natural colored wood didn’t give the striking contrast as the colors did, so I felt this was the best choice.

None of this was apparent on paper. I only discovered these things after cutting the pieces myself, which is why I choose to do so. When I design something, it isn’t finished until the last coat of varnish is applied. That way when questions are asked, I know what I am talking about and can give the proper guidance.

Thank you for your kind comments. I very much appreciate your acknowledgement of the effort I put into these pieces.

Sheila

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

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#11 posted 08-18-2013 11:46 PM

Oh, and some people didn’t like that I offset the Damask designs to the left and the right. But if you notice, the silhouettes are opposite of the designs, which made them more apparent. I had to be very careful of placement so that the kitties wouldn’t get lost in the background. I did include the three full motifs in the pattern for those who had the need to center them on all three plaques. That way they could apply them to other project as well. But I feel most comfortable with the designs as they are, and I find it most pleasing artistically to be offset on the left and right plaques. But that is just me. :)

Sheila

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

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Eric in central Florida

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#12 posted 08-19-2013 03:44 AM

Your stuff is in another whole realm of amazing.
It’s really cool that your imagination never gets worn out from producing beautiful things.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#13 posted 08-19-2013 11:43 AM

Very Nice Sheila, thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 08-19-2013 04:28 PM

Hold on the relief cutting of your self framing method has given me an idea, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 08-19-2013 05:10 PM

I can’t wait to see what you come up with, Martyn! :)

Sheila

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

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