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Project by Kerux2 posted 09-11-2013 09:32 PM 724 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The idea and design came from a Charles Allen Gillbert painting from 1892. The “Vanity” is considered by many to be one of the finest optical illusions ever conceived. The painting is an ambiguous illusion with an allegorical theme.

The two aspects become clear as you study the figure. It can be seen as either, a beautiful girl gazing at her reflection in a large mirror; or the scene can be realized as a grinning human skull. The girl’s two heads make up the eye sockets of the skull, her vanity items, and an embroidered table cloth form the teeth and jaws.

The total size with including frame is 17” x 13”. Cut out (scroll saw) from 1/4 Birch. A little Danish Oil rubbed in for the finish. I wish I had cut this out of something with a little more grain.

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 10:11 PM

Very unusual and unique scroll saw work. You did an outstanding job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Chris

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 10:53 PM

I Love it! Where did you get the pattern?

-- Chris, Virginia, http://www.scrollsawcreationsbychris.com

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hoss12992

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 11:09 PM

Great job. Would you mind sharing where a fellar could find a scroll pattern for that?

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Kerux2

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 12:57 AM

Thanks guys, I did the pattern a few years back. I’ve got it on a drive… some place? I’ll see if I can hunt it down.

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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BTimmons

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#5 posted 09-12-2013 02:48 PM

Fantastic work. I always had a fondness for optical illusions. Or as Neil deGrasse Tyson refers to them, “brain failures”. This one in particular is a favorite. You definitely did it justice. Bravo!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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scrollsaw

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#6 posted 09-13-2013 05:47 AM

Great job thanks for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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