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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #385: Along Came a Spider . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-29-2011 01:21 PM 4814 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I worked on another candle tray yesterday. I did decide to go with the Halloween them for the time being. Whether it is the right or wrong decision, only time will tell but I wanted to go with my gut this time just to see what would happen.

The design I came up with was pretty simple. In cutting it, I found that it was on of the easiest things I have made in a long time. (really) Simple isn’t bad thougha (we talked about that before) and it will be very easy for a new scroll sawyer to accomplish this project. The lines are thick and the web design is very forgiving so if they go off here or there, who is to know? (Only the spider!) It is a good pattern for ‘skill building’ and there are only 60 inside cuts in the web so it shouldn’t take very long at all.

It only took me an hour and a half or so and in between cutting it I was running out to the yard to tend to dinner on the bar-b-que. (I multi-task that way sometimes!)

The spider was a little tricky in that I wanted it to look a bit creepier than it came out. I wanted the legs skinnier and pointier, but I know that the wood wouldn’t tolerate what I was thinking. I used oak for the web and roasted birch for the spider, as it will turn almost black when I oil it.

Here is a picture of how it is now prior to finishing it:

You can see how brown the spider looks now, and I did drill depressions for his eyes. I have some Swarovski crystals in red that will look really cool for eyes. They are 3mm in diameter though, so I needed to be sure that they would fit comfortably without the pieces blowing out when I drilled. (Of course, I drilled prior to scrolling the spider). The roasted birch is quite dry and brittle though and I am a little concerned about the legs breaking off, as it has very little strength. Once the spider is glued on the web though it should be fine.

For the charms that hang off of the candle, I am probably going to put a baby spider with shorter legs. I may also put a little corner web piece of thin oak just to mix it up – I haven’t. quite decided yet. I want the baby to have red bead eyes too, but I will have to see if I can get my hands on some smaller beads. I have some glass seed beads that are common and easy to find that may do the job.

For the web, I used oak and although it could be left natural, I think I may want to use the DecoArt Antiquing and Staining Medium and a pearlized white stain to give it a cool shimmer. I also have some glow-in-the-dark acrylic that may be cool to use. Again – not decided.

I’ll figure all this out today. I am also planning to do some photography of the other projects that I have to submit. I heard from my contact at the catalog and I have about a week to get new stuff to her for the next two issues. So it will be quite a push until then.

After that I am going to start the scroll saw class here. I have already been outlining it and getting organized for it and I think after the Independance Day holiday in the States and Canada Day here in Canada, it will be a good time to get moving on it. The more I think about it, the more I am looking forward to making it work for everyone. I know that working together we can accomplish a lot.

So that is where I am today. I hope you enjoy the design. Even though it isn’t finished yet, it is coming out kind of cool and hopefully it will look good. I already know what I am making next so I can get drawing on that as soon as I finish these things. I like being ahead of the game like that. Now down time in between projects.

I hope you all have a great day today. Do something creative and most important – have some fun!!!

-- 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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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 06-29-2011 01:40 PM

This is really awesome – I certainly wouldn’t say it looks like an “easy” piece to cut. I really like this because it isn’t symmetrical. You have different webs all around the edge – very cool.

The spider looks neat as well.

I would say it might be a tad less complex than your recent creations, but “easy”?

I don’t know where you come up with all these designs, but am happy they are still flowing!

Keep up the great work and good luck with everything!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-29-2011 01:47 PM

Hopefully after the scroll saw class, everyone will say how “easy” it is! ;)

I am glad you like it! It was FUN to do! I was “crusin’ ” on the saw!

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 06-29-2011 02:38 PM

I have GOT to look into the Excalibur – I see everyone I follow/converse with buying one and am getting green with envy!

I do LOVE my Dewalt though – it’s the “older” version and it still works like a charm….......

:-)

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 06-29-2011 02:53 PM

I liked mine too, Bob. If it didn’t start acting up I would still be using it. I must say though that I do love the Excalibur. Even Keith says it brings his scrolling up another level, as I have said. Whatever works for you I would say. :)

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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#5 posted 06-29-2011 04:54 PM

Sheila , you did a nice job on the candle tray . one question : With the spider is it big enough to prevent the candle from being unstable . ( seeing it sets to one side.

Bob I don’t think you would regert getting the Excalibur

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 04:58 PM

Hi, Dave:
Oh, sure it is solid. There is a 4” center that the candle sits on and the weight of the web is minimal. It is only framework. I think I could put a rock spider on it and it wouldn’t affect it at all. I have never had any stability issues with the trays. If one were worried about rocking or such, they could probably put a spacer under the tray where the overlay piece (in this case the spider) sits. I don’t think it is necessary at all though.

:) Sheila

Edit
You know I just looked again and I realized what you mean. The spider is going to be on the WEB! I just put it in the center so you could see it better for the picture. Nothing is oiled or finished yet. I will have set up pictures probably by tomorrow. :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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#7 posted 06-29-2011 05:35 PM

I love it, Love it, Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#8 posted 06-29-2011 05:35 PM

LOVE this, Edith said “Oh, that’s cute” I love that all corners are different although in real life webs are mostly symmetrical. I do think this will be a hot seller!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

I looked at the tray once again and realized that each corner is symmetrical so it could have been made by 4 spiders! You know what you are doing!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 06-29-2011 05:36 PM

Yikes!! I almost smacked my screen when I seen that big a_ spider!!! hahaha trick or treat Sheila

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

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Bob Kollman

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 06:16 PM

Working backward from x-mas to halloween!!! That looks like a project maybe even
I could do on my harbor freight scroll saw. It was given to me 2 years ago and I still
haven’t plugged it in….I could probably smoke a Turkey (as a multi task) and have
this job done in 5 or 6 hours!!!! But I don’t think it would look as nice as yours scrollgirl.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 06-29-2011 06:22 PM

“Easy Peasy!!!” :D Yes, YOU CAN DO IT!!!! :)

You guys are getting me all psyched up for the class!

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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Billinmich

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#12 posted 06-29-2011 06:30 PM

I like it.Nice lob on the web ,looks like it will be a seller for ya.

-- Bill in Mich

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#13 posted 06-29-2011 06:32 PM

Thanks, Bill! Your web was really cool too! A great inspiration. :)

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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