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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #153: Just About Finished

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1396 days ago 2246 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 152: Some Decisions are Difficult to Make Part 153 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 154: Trees and Lighting »

I made a great deal of progress on the skating pond sets yesterday. It was the first day in several that I really felt like I had accomplished a great deal. I finished the last of the characters, and now I only have the trees and lamp posts to complete, and then the stands for everything and I will be finished.

I say that, but I am thinking about how I may want to store and present the pieces for my own set and the set I am giving away as a gift. Somehow I don’t like the idea of just wrapping the pieces in tissue and stuffing them in a box. I really need to look into it. The pond itself will be a rectangular piece of 1/8” plywood about 18” x 20”. I have some wonderful specialty paints that have pearl and metallic finish and they work wonderfully to make the pond look like ice. Since I want to keep the pond in one piece, I think that should mean that the box will need to be at least that big to house the entire set.

I am going to make the stands of a material called “Paper Clay” which is, as it sounds a light clay material that made of pulp which air dries and then can be painted and finished. I toyed with the idea of doing little paper-doll type stands, but I wasn’t able to figure anything out that didn’t look obtrusive and out of place. By using the paper clay, I mold little snow mounds and stick the bottom of the figures into them. I then allow them to dry and then I paint them and apply the Sno-tex and they look fine. If necessary, I glue the pieces to the stands. For most of the pieces in my sample set, I didn’t feel this was necessary, as I pinched the clay around the pieces and it dried quite firmly in place, but the taller items such as the trees and light posts sometimes wanted to wobble a touch and I found the glue really kept them stable. I think from the get-go I will be gluing each piece just to be sure.

Back to the box . . .

I may try to find some foam that I can fit right into the box and lay the pieces flat on and create layers if necessary to hold the pieces in the off-season. I would, of course need to cut out a void for each stand so that the pieces would still lay completely flat and be protected. This will be the best way I am sure. I need to get back to Halifax and see what kind of foam is available. When I lived in the Chicago area I was able to obtain foam of various thicknesses and density fairly easily at many of the different fabric stores. I need to look into it here though, as I haven’t done much sewing since I came to live here. I will need to do some homework before I go and scout out where I will be able to get some.

As I sit here writing about it, I am imagining that if I really want to do things proper, the box in itself will be quite the project on its own. I can see building it and painting it and making it something really special. Hmmmmm . . . .

So now I will show you the final character in our vignette – Eric:

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

I am quite excited about finishing this all up. It will be wonderful to get all the instructions into the pattern packet and I will be ready and waiting when I am able to sell the patterns after the project is published in a couple of weeks. Considering that I started working on this in January, it is quite exciting.

I am getting close to the unveiling of the entire set. I think that all together they look quite nice. I am sure there are more characters that I could do and I may do so in the future, but for now I need to stop somewhere and this seems like a good point.

The day will be spent painting again and perhaps beginning the work on the stands. I found there is much organization to do with getting everything into packet form and it will be quite fun to see it all come together.

I hope you all have a wonderful day too.

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 1396 days ago

Thanks Tom – you too! :D

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 1396 days ago

Waiting in antici….............................................pation to see the finished scene.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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grizzman

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#3 posted 1396 days ago

yes…cant wait to see the finished package…a fun day at painting away and going about it with maybe some good music and the vision of it all being done, and what sort of new projects are there in store for us..have a great day…....any sign of snow flakes yet…...grizzman

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

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Bearpie

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#4 posted 1396 days ago

This has been a long time coming or seems that way, looking forward to the unveiling!

Have a great day likewise!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1396 days ago

For off season storage, a quick way would be to recycle some of those shipping peanuts the seem all fill our grabage cans. Of course, making the box a project would be more fun :-)

-- "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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#6 posted 1396 days ago

Thanks TS – I know what you mean. I really get kind of cranky when I open a box and it is filled with them. They stick to everything and the cats love batting them around, then eating the strays and then I see them again on the rug in not so pleasant a surrounding :P

But yes, now I am thinking the box could be as fun as the set! :D

I love woodworking!

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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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 1396 days ago

Did someone say box?!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1396 days ago

Shelia needs a nice one for this great project. No one better to fill the order than you!! :-))

-- "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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#9 posted 1396 days ago

I do have an extra set for “bartering” ;)

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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BertFlores58

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#10 posted 1396 days ago

Martin, same here… you are the best that can fill up the details required for a box…

I may try to find some foam that I can fit right into the box and lay the pieces flat on and create layers if necessary to hold the pieces in the off-season. I would, of course need to cut out a void for each stand so that the pieces would still lay completely flat and be protected. This will be the best way I am sure. I need to get back to Halifax and see what kind of foam is available. When I lived in the Chicago area I was able to obtain foam of various thicknesses and density fairly easily at many of the different fabric stores. I need to look into it here though, as I haven’t done much sewing since I came to live here. I will need to do some homework before I go and scout out where I will be able to get some.

Shiela…. you forgot the size of the paintings to fit in the box… Hope Martin will do…
God bless to all of you above..

-- Bert

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