My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #235: Two Designs Completed

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-24-2011 01:58 PM 4138 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the cats are still alive. When I awoke this morning, all the electronics seem to be working. Nothing was chewed. No one got sick on the floor (that I have seen.) The water dish was only dragged slightly from its normal place, with only a little water spilled. It’s going to be a good day! :D

There is another 4-5 inches of snow on the ground this morning (more flurries!) and it is really looking pretty outside. I need to go to the post office today though to mail out an order. So some shoveling out will be in order. We went for a walk last night and it was quite bitter out. One of the first times I felt rather uncomfortably cold. We took the road down to the mill and came back through the woods on the other side of the river, as the wind was much less biting in the woods. It was quite a work out because we were walking through yesterday’s fresh snow. It is kind of neat to be the first set of tracks on newly fallen snow. That made it worth the cold.

I was able to finish staining and photographing my two candle trays yesterday. I am pleased at how they came to life. I am always afraid when they look good in a natural color that I will ruin them by staining them. I must admit, the Gingerbread Candle Tray that I used in the video didn’t seem to take the coloring as well as I would have liked. I used Aspen for that piece and I didn’t oil it or have any finish on it at all prior to staining. It seemed to me that the stain didn’t absorb as evenly as it has on the other pieces that I have made. I wonder if it is because of how soft the wood is. It seemed that it was quite porous. I will have to do some more experiments later on with it.

These two trays came out fine, I thought. Using the gel stain on the oak is always a good result it seems. The color is transparent enough to allow the natural grain to show through, yet it is tinted.

Here is a picture of the finished Sunflower Candle Tray pieces:

From SLD342 Sunflower Candle Tray

And the detail of the design:

From SLD342 Sunflower Candle Tray

I really like the recessed centers of the flowers. I had someone suggest a video on how to do the recessing process that I do for the trays and the flower centers and I think that is a great idea. In fact, that is one of the things I plan to demonstrate at the show in March. It is quite a simple process, yet I receive many questions on it. I think the best thing would be to show how easy it is and people will understand it better.

And here is the final tray:

From SLD342 Sunflower Candle Tray

I truly love the color on this one. I think it really makes the project stand out.

For the Patriotic Candle Tray, I decided to go with some muted colors:

From SLD 341 Patriotic Candle Tray

I hadn’t planned on using white at all for the tray – just for the star but when I was doing it, it really needed something different on the edge.

From SLD 341 Patriotic Candle Tray

I think the white kind of frames the tray better and accents the flowing stripes. I also toyed with the idea of putting the white stripe in between the two red ones, but that I feel would have made the piece look too choppy. so I left it on the outer edge. I think it looks OK also.

From SLD 341 Patriotic Candle Tray

I am fairly happy with both of these additions to my pattern line. I have several other new designs that I am going to be working on this week. For today, I need to get the pictures and list to the wholesaler for the next catalog. I also want to start drawing my next designs so I can get them done in time to get them to her. It will depend on how strict she is with her deadlines.

As it is getting light out, I see that the snow is still falling quite heavily. They are the tiny, fine flakes however and it isn’t accumulating as quickly as you would think. It is going to be a good day, I hope and I hope to accomplish quite a bit.

I wish you all a great Monday.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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