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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #470: Holy Distractions, Batman! (But oh, aren't they fun?) :)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1035 days ago 1914 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You know that feeling you get when you see a project and you just HAVE to make it? Well, that happened to me the other day.

On Tuesday I received my copy of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and I saw the most darling little compound cut bats in it that were designed by my friend Diana Thompson. They were right there flying around on the cover:

Well, Geeze Louise! WHY did she have to go and make something so darn cute?!? Doesn’t she know I have other things to do??? I am in the middle of finishing up my next pattern packet and getting stuff ready for my site. Not to mention those 23 other darling Boo Bunnies that I was painting in the evening. Besides – I never did any compound cutting on the scroll saw before. The bodies of these little creatures are all compound cuts.

So I put the magazine away and got on with my regular work. I took all the pictures for the new songbird pattern, as I finished staining the second set on Tuesday. But all the while, I kept thinking of those fun little bats. How nice they would look on my orange lit tree. How fun they would be to make.

Besides . . . I still had some #5 blades that I had to try out and report back on that I was testing and I hadn’t had the chance to work on them yet. I started rationalizing . . .

In the two or three hours of getting the photographs prepared for the pattern on the songbird, I managed to talk myself into giving the bat project a go. After all, it would be a good opportunity for me to stretch my wings (no pun intended) and try a little compound cutting. In reading the instructions for the project, Diana was very clear in her directions and made it look so easy. Even I could do it, I thought.

I finished my photography work around 3pm. I figured I would work on the pattern packet today and still get it done for the weekend. I was excited to try something new and wound up making five of these little creatures.

Everything worked out just like the pattern said and I was thrilled with the outcome of the bats. By dinner time, I had five of them cut and ready for a quick sanding before painting.

I had some different ideas for painting, as I have so many cool and fun paints here that I wanted to try. I decided to use the DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paints that look quite iridescent for the wing accents. I picked five cool and bright colors that made the bats look festive and fun. I then decided to use red Swarovski crystals for the eyes instead of painting them on which gave them a great eerie glow. Below is the results:

From Diana Thompson's Darling Bats!

(As always, you can click on the picture to get to my Picasa album which has all the pictures of the bats)

I think they came out so cool! It makes me want to do more compound cutting and my mind is once again filling up with ideas.

Here is a picture where you can get an idea of the size of these:

From Diana Thompson's Darling Bats!

They are about 3.5” in diameter and I am going to either hang them or just nestle them in the branches of my little tree.

I finished up around 10pm last night. My Boo Bunnies were very patient, as they knew I was excited and that they too will get their turn to be painted.

Sometimes you just gotta go with what grabs you! What a fun way to live life! :)

From Diana Thompson's Darling Bats!

Have a wonderful day and do something to make yourself happy!!! :D

-- 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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William

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#1 posted 1034 days ago

I can’t wait to see that issue. The latest issue I have foundwas the Christmas ornament special. I think I’ll try to get down to Home Depot today to see if they have this one. I don’t care for things such as the bats, but the tiger on the cover caught my eye. Something in that magazine always catches my eye.
I used to have a subsription for CWC. Our mail service quality is spotty at best though and I wound up having to go search out probably 40% of the issues at the store. If I have to do that, then the savings just aren’t there for the subscription. This aggrevates me because this method still makes me miss one to two issues a years that sell out or are not stocked when I am looking for them.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1034 days ago

Hi, William!
There are actually two tigers in that issue. They complement each other and will make a fine set if you want to do them together. There are several other great projects in that issue too (including my Reindeer and sleigh candle tray pattern!)

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It is good to hear from you and I hope you are able to find it. It is unusual that I receive my own issue so early. I only got my Holiday issue (the one before this) about two weeks ago, almost a month after everyone else! :)

Take care, 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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Leldon

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#3 posted 1034 days ago

I really like you bats! I guess with age, we all go batty! And I wish I could see a better picture of the tray! Im sure it’s more than just reindeers!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1034 days ago

Ask and ye shall receive, my friend!!! :D

There you go!!! Now get cutting!

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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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 1034 days ago

Great looking bats and candle holders!!!! Lots of projects on this page today…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 1034 days ago

Thanks, Bob! I don’t have to type as fast if I throw in pictures! LOL

I like to add them in actually. I have to work on my project gallery here though. I see it is very far behind! Don’t worry though – I won’t flood the place with projects all at once. I just forget to add them because I usually show what I am doing here.

Take care and have a great day!

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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