After all the excitement of the previous day, yesterday brought with it a welcome calm. I took advantage of the general quite of the day and I did some major house cleaning and organizing. There is something about having neat and organized surroundings that provides comfort and peace in my life. I sent the next project off to the magazine. There are two projects there already there awaiting their publication along with a couple of articles, but the editors are already finished with them for the most part and they are awaiting the next project anxiously. I believe we are beginning to start having to work on the Spring themes already, and here Autumn has just arrived. I guess that thinking in such a time warp has just become a way of life with me.
I have a fun idea for a project that I think I will be offering to the magazine next. It involves the use of Corian. On out previous trip to Halifax, I stopped in a custom kitchen shop to see if they have any drop offs or small pieces of Corian that I could use. The gentleman was quite nice and offered up a couple of pieces that were in the back. He did tell me however that they seldom had even small pieces available and if I were to purchase pieces, they would run about 25 cents a square inch. I was very grateful he had the two pieces he gave me, and when I offered to pay for them, he wouldn’t accept any money. How nice he was.
One of the pieces was a tan, marbled piece which I would have loved to incorporate into my project but it was just a bit too small for what I needed. The other piece was an off white piece that would also do nicely. I would just have to be careful not to screw it up, as I would only have one shot.
I have never worked with Corian before, but I have a friend in Tennessee who is not only an incredible wood turner but also works extensively with scrollsawing it Corian. I have not needed to ask her anything yet, but it is comforting to know that she is my ‘go to’ girl on this. She recently had a project featured in our magazine where she made a beautiful fretwork box using it.
Below is a picture of what she did with it:
|From Newest Scroll Saw Work|
She is quite an artist and I love to see the beautiful creations she comes up with. her turnings are also absolutely beautiful. I am sure if I have any trouble with things, I can ask her and she will help.
My intentions for using the Corian are much simpler than this however. I find that it will be best for me to just get my feet wet and test the water before I use it in more complex applications. It will just be a small accent piece on something of a larger scope.
I test cut a little corner of it using the recommended blade and it seemed to do fine. Although there was a bit more dust than I was used to, it seemed to behave fairly well and I was able to follow my line closely. I hear that the blade life will be much shorter and I will have to be aware of that and allow the saw itself to do the work and not force things. I believe that patience will be the key to getting this done properly.
I also understand that Corian routs like wood and I would like to try that process too in creating the project. It will be a fun learning experience for me as I see how this material performs for me. I will certainly keep everyone posted.
I will be working on the written instructions for my skating pond again today. I finished the instructions for the stars yesterday and they are with my proofreader so they should be ready to go soon. I also base-coated the next pieces of the pond figures so I will be getting those finished up today. I always feel that it is a special treat when I can spend at least part of the day painting.
So all in all it appears it will be a good day – “barring all disasters”. (I love that saying and it makes me smile every time I use it because it seems to invite trouble!) Hopefully though, things will go according to plan. I hope you all have a great day too. (If any of you have had any experience with Corian, I would love to hear them.)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"