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12 Nativity Themed Key Ornaments

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-29-2013 10:31 AM 1043 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really love the “key” concept of ornaments that has been around the crafting world lately. It seems to me that keys are the perfect vehicle for some cool and interesting designs – especially those made on the scroll saw. There are so many beautiful and intricate antique keys to inspire us and the beautiful keys of olde had a great deal of character.

When I designed the Nativity Christmas box that I posted yesterday, I loved the simple silhouettes of the Nativity figures. I thought that making a set of ornaments that matched the 12 silhouette motifs that adorned the box would be the perfect compliment to it. After the holiday season was over, you could also use the box to store the ornament set, and it could be a family treasure that may be passed down from generation to generation.

The keys are cut from 3/16” bird’s eye maple. They are finished with a soaking of mineral oil followed by a couple of coats of spray shellac. While they were beautiful on their own, I decided to further adorn them with some amazing clear crystal hot-fix rhinestones and a creme colored tassel. I was also fortunate enough to find matching rattail cording for hanging. Overall, they present a nice picture.

These would look beautiful in a large, welcoming door wreath. They would even look great placed along a garland strung across a fireplace and lit with small white lights. Their 5” size lends to many possibilities. The pattern is available at my website if you are interested. (SLD431 - 12 Nativity Key Ornaments)

Thank you as always for your comments and suggestions.

-- 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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TheTalkingGrape

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#1 posted 09-29-2013 10:41 AM

Wow they are great!! I like how with the angel is floating off the floor, it gives it a real good effect. And I also like the idea on how you put sparkly thingys everywhere it makes it look nice especially putting on different sizes. Great design and awesome job. :D

-- Tim, Sydney Australia, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTalkingGrape?feature=watch, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tims-Wooden-Wonders/1433591433543077?ref=hl

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 10:43 AM

Thanks, Tim! While I was able to restrain myself putting rhinestones on my Christmas Box, I was not able to do so with these. They SCREAMED for rhinestones! :) I thought the clear would be subtle enough though and they really did add to the pieces. I am glad you like them!

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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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 02:47 PM

If I did not know how talented and artistic you are, I would accuse you of showing off! Just being your
normal wonderful self. Thank you for sharing your skill and projects with us and making us want to try to
come close to your level.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-29-2013 02:50 PM

Thank you so much Gus! I do want you to know that they really aren’t that difficult to do. Honestly! I think that people look at the entire project and go “wow!” but when you look at the cuts one hole at a time, there really isn’t anything too difficult. I am glad you like them though and I do enjoy posting them here. I don’t keep up with my project posting here and sometimes I look in my gallery and think you guys must think I am getting lazy! ;)

Thanks again! 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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Celticscroller

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#5 posted 09-29-2013 08:26 PM

Love the rhinestones on this project and the tassel looks great. These will look great on the Christmas tree.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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peteg

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#6 posted 09-29-2013 08:53 PM

Wow is this an early reminder for the upcoming season : ))
Another fabulous example of your wonderful skills Shelia, classy
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 10:18 PM

Really nice designs!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 01:13 AM

Thank you all again! :)

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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hoss12992

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 06:35 AM

Great job. Love these designs.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 06:50 AM

Sheila,

You continue to amaze me with your creativity! The tassels are really a nice addition to your design.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Roger

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 01:35 PM

Such fine, and delicate cuts, and scrolling. Wow! Just luv your creativity.

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

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 04:02 PM

Nice ornaments, a good way to unlock the season :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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scrollingmom

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 10:57 PM

They look great and its a wonderful idea on using the nativity box as their holder after the holiday season. Looking forward to seeing what is next.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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bouati

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#14 posted 10-11-2013 10:07 AM

Good job you’re an artist

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