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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #264: Back to Some Woodworking

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1253 days ago 3696 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got back to doing some woodworking yesterday. I had finished drawing this pattern up last week and got it cut out, but it seemed that I was in several other directions the past several days and it was kind of woven in between all the other things I was doing.

It is a simple design by my own standards, and I had mixed feelings about it. I find however that every design doesn’t have to be complex to be successful, and I think it will have a wide appeal. After seeing it finished though, I think it looks nice. My partner also created some designs on this theme for smaller votive or tea light candles. He has been making some nice complimentary pieces to my larger tray sets and they are selling very well. It is nice to offer a variety of sizes of these holders, as different people have different tastes in what they want.

Here is a picture of the basic tray:

From SLD348 Musical Candle Tray and Charm Set

I used hickory and walnut for the overly pieces. I included a variety of notes and musical notation marks in the pattern, with three sizes of each symbol. That way people can use them for other purposes, too.

From SLD348 Musical Candle Tray and Charm Set

For the finish, I used my favorite mineral oil and allowed it to dry a couple of days. I then sprayed it with several coats of shellac. I love the warm color that the hickory turns when oiled. It soaked it up like a sponge, as it must have been very dry, but came back to life very nicely with the application.

The walnut too took on a rich, dark color. I was afraid that it wouldn’t show up well for the photographs, but it looks OK.

From SLD348 Musical Candle Tray and Charm Set

The complimentary pieces that my partner made are done in maple. He likes to use spray poly for the finish and did so here:

From SLD348 Musical Candle Tray and Charm Set

It was more difficult to photograph the treble clef holder and make it look good, so I kept it at an overhead shot like this. I think it conveys what it looks like alright though, and you can get the idea of what is going on. They seem to look much better in person however, and I may want to re-take the pictures when I figure out a better angle.

From SLD348 Musical Candle Tray and Charm Set

From SLD348 Musical Candle Tray and Charm Set

Overall, I think they are two nice projects. If the other smaller trays are any indication, they should all do well. I heard from a customer yesterday that made a couple of the candle trays that he took them to work to show his colleagues, as he had intended to take them to a craft show and just wanted his co-workers to see them, and not only did he sell those two, but he also had orders for five additional tray sets I like to hear that – especially with the economy still being what it is. I am very happy for him.

Today I need to switch gears again and move in yet another direction. I have been asked to teach a painting class or two when I go to the States and I need to draw up the designs for the class. DecoArt has already agreed to supply the paint and I need to get a color list to them so they know what I will need. I can’t do that until I design the project, so I need to get moving on that.

I have decided to teach some individual sea shell magnets. With summer coming, they will be a nice little project that most people will enjoy. In painting them, I will incorporate several of the basic techniques that are the basis of most painting projects: base coating, float shading, dry brushing highlights and basic line work. Since sea shells are something that can vary a great deal from shell to shell, it is a very forgiving subject. That means even a lesser-skilled painter will be able to accomplish the design fairly easily and it will encourage them to continue on with painting other things. I think it will be a great project for people to get their feet wet and try out painting.

I already have several (hundred) photographs of shells, and need to pick through and see which ones I will choose to draw up and make a pattern for the classes. I plan to make good headway on it today.

I also need to finish up the bears and snowflakes. I need to repaint the original Northern Lights project and really break it down so that I can teach it. That will be a little bit of a challenge, but I want to do it while the process is still fresh in my mind.

With that said, it is time to get at it. I love being focused and busy and checking things off of the list. It really makes the days fun.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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Roger

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#1 posted 1253 days ago

your projects really amaze me. keep on keepin on. the Hickory n Walnut are a good blend

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 1253 days ago

Very cool designs, Sheila.

I especially like one in the last photo.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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William

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#3 posted 1253 days ago

Those are nice. I hope you enjoyed your break away to painting. I know from your words sometimes that you like painting and scrolling, as much one as the other. You have outdone yourself on these though.
How large is the center round part of the tray in the first photo?
I just ordered over sixty dollars worth of patterns the other day, so finances will probably stop me from getting it for a little while, but as soon as I seen that first photo I thought of my daughter (she’s plays flute in the high school band).

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1253 days ago

Thanks so much everyone.

I do like both woodworking and painting and I wish that there were more hours in a day to accomplish everything I want to make. I also love doing segmentation designs, which take up a lot more time with all the shaping and all. And then there is the carving I want to learn. And turning . . . . (well, you get the idea!)

The center of the tray is about 4” in diameter, so it will hold a large jar candle. I try to keep that consistent with all the large candle trays. They can also make nice frames though, I think. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Maveric777

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#5 posted 1253 days ago

Now those are very neat Sheila! I know a few friends here local whom would love the musical tray …

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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grizzman

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#6 posted 1253 days ago

these are very nice sheila, your designs never fail to amaze me, i really like candle settings like this ..hope you have a good day…grizz

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

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William

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#7 posted 1253 days ago

I also thought clock when I seen it Sheila. The bottom of the middle, all I’d have to do is drill it out with a forstner bit to install a clock insert. Add a small piece to the back with my keyhole slot routed into it and it’s make a beautiful wall hanging clock.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Bearpie

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#8 posted 1253 days ago

These are really nice and I am sure they will sell well. There seems to be no end to your creative imagination, but that’s good!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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stevebuk

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#9 posted 1253 days ago

they are stonkers sheila, i must admit i’m not usually into fretwork too much but these i really like, great idea beautifully executed.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 1253 days ago

I am glad you all like them!

William – any one of the small holders can easily be modified for a clock pattern. Those mini-clocks would fit right in there, I think. That is a nice suggestion. :)

Erwin – I hope you and Edith are feeling a little bit better. It is good to hear from you.

And Steve – is “stonkers” a British term? I have never heard of it before. Should I be flattered or insulted??? LOL
;)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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tdv

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#11 posted 1253 days ago

Very imaginative Sheila really really like the way you did variations on the theme…....Mmmm that sounds like a good title for an orchestral piece. Seriously though they’re great.
Regards
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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stevebuk

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#12 posted 1252 days ago

you should be flattered sheila, i’ve never seen a bad thing yet, and knowing your talents i never will either, have phun…

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BigTiny

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#13 posted 1252 days ago

Hi Sheila.

As usual, beautiful work! As an ex drum major of a military pipe band, I love the musical theme.

I’ll get my scroll saw out of moth balls yet!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1252 days ago

Sheila I think the tray and hangers look wonderfull and match
but for once I allso think your partner has out done you :-) smile you are a great inspire to all
great cooperation on this
thankĀ“s for sharing it with us :-)

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 1252 days ago

LOL Steve! I am just kidding with you! (Although I have never heard that phrase before.)

Tiny – you need to give it a try! This theme was not difficult at all to cut.

And Dennis – Thanks for making us BOTH smile! :D I think he is a wonderful designer and yes, he does do better than I do on MANY designs! But as long as he doesn’t start his own company, nothing makes me happier!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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