|Project by Keith Fenton||posted 09-30-2013 01:41 AM||5469 views||7 times favorited||16 comments|
I have been designing quite a few filigree ornaments over the last year or so. They are fun to design and seem to be well received by our customers. I have been quite consistent with the style and tolerances I use with these patterns although a couple of the first ones do have a lot more holes! After cutting a bunch of those that take 1 to 2 hours of cutting time per ornament, I did tone things down a little. Not because I had any customers complaining about it, but because I don’t like to cut projects that don’t advance at a good enough pace.
I like using this filigree style because it allows me to cover many ornament themes that have been done before, but I get to make them with a new twist and my own style.
These 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments appeared in this year’s Holiday issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine and were the first filigree ornaments that I made using multiple layers. (The number layer is optional though). They were made with maple as for the filigree layer (My favorite wood for scrolling), and Jatoba for the numbers. I used mineral oil on the jatoba prior to sealing it in order to give it more contrast with the light wood. I think that was probably a good idea since the wet-looking jatoba looks really nice.
When scrolling the filigree or any challenging ornaments, I always stack cut multiple layers so that my wood’s total thickness is between 1/4” to 3/8” thick. The maple was 3/16” thick and I stacked some 1/8” Baltic birch plywood with it. The 3/16” maple allowed the ornament to be a little stronger than using 1/8” like many people use, and the stack cutting gives more resistance for the blade when cutting which makes things a whole lot easier. Near 3/8” thickness is the sweet spot in my opinion for cutting on the scroll saw with most common hardwoods and intricate patterns.
Thanks for looking :D
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