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Little Ballerina Scroll Sawn Ornaments

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-26-2014 12:34 PM 756 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again I have been bad about posting my new projects here on Lumberjocks. I try to keep up, but I always seem to forget until I see my project album and then realize just how long it has been. I will try to do better.

This project is something that I felt like doing “just because”. I have always loved ballerinas and dancing and I wanted to make a set of ornaments that would look flowing and graceful.

The little ballerinas are about 5” tall each (give or take) and they are made from 1/4” curly maple. I could have left them in their natural color, but I decided to paint just their dresses and shoes in some pretty pastels. I didn’t do any shading on them at all, but i used the DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in coordinating colors as a top coat. The results is that they look like they are wearing dresses and shoes made of candy sugar.

For another idea, I decided to make a set of these dancers without their skirts on. This would allow me to make little skirts from tulle or nylon net simply by gathering it and tying it on. This gave an entirely different effect, and the little dancers look “fluffy” and interesting.

I drilled each of these ornaments vertically (you can see how I did it in my blog) so that the hanging cord wouldn’t interfere with the flow of the design. I think they would look wonderful in a girls room as a cute decoration. Maybe even a mobile. I offer the pattern on my website here for those who are interested. I even think that they would look wonderful enlarged and put on a wall as silhouettes.

Thank you as always for looking. I hope you enjoy 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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michelletwo

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 01:27 PM

so graceful!

-- 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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#2 posted 01-26-2014 01:33 PM

Thank you Michelle! :)

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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#3 posted 01-26-2014 01:49 PM

Elegant in design and pleasing to the eye. Very nicely done.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 02:07 PM

beautiful work

-- jim nevada

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 02:29 PM

Sheila, these are so nice. They are beautiful and graceful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 02:32 PM

Thank you all so much! :) I truly enjoyed creating 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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#7 posted 01-26-2014 02:37 PM

you did a wonderful job here, as always your cutting is spot on and your artistic skills amaze me, wonderful job here.

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

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 08:54 PM

Well done as usual Sheila,I like the painted ones as well,they remind me of pictures of ballerinas from the fifties.
Do you resaw your 1/4” curly maple yourself or you buy them in bulk?
I really admire your enthusiasm and drive.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 09:25 PM

I love these ballerinas. They are so graceful.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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mafe

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 09:40 PM

They sure are wonderful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Roger

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#11 posted 01-27-2014 01:30 AM

Yep, very graceful, and delicate, and fantastic, and realistic. I swear I seen a few o these gals move. :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 01-27-2014 12:11 PM

Thank you all so much! :)

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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#13 posted 01-27-2014 01:02 PM

Lovely Pieces my Friend, Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 01-27-2014 01:13 PM

Thank you Mike! :D

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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