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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #517: Almost There

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-09-2011 02:16 PM 6186 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a great deal of progress yesterday in my ornaments. I am truly happy with them so far and I look forward to finishing them up today.

I finished cutting the final two by around noon, and I also remembered to take step-by-step pictures of the final one so that I can include them in the instructions. That is something that I sometimes forget about when doing projects such as this. I am so engrossed with seeing if things will work out as I planned, that I forget to do the obvious.

I spent the rest of the day peeling off the pattern (which I needed to do very carefully and took at least two hours to do) and then sanding all 24 ornaments. I am very happy to report that in all the cutting, peeling and sanding that I did, I didn’t break even one small piece or curl. That in itself is amazing and a good sign. I will say that they are quite sturdy and much more so than they appear to be. They look so delicate, but they hold together quite well. The most delicate parts are in the center sections and quite protected. I am very pleased.

I was able to get them soaked in mineral oil last night, so they would be ready for the final finishing today. I even oiled the second set, which was cut from Baltic birch plywood. I don’t usually use birch ply for something like this, as I usually like the look of hard wood better, but I thought I would give it a try and see how it came out. What did I have to lose?

The results was very positive, and I think the birch set looks fine. As a matter of fact, I think that I will stain the frames of the birch set and leave the maple set natural. The maple I used was a mix between curly and bird’s eye, with a very small figure. This worked fine for this small scale of work. You could really see the figure in all the ornaments and I think they will look beautiful when finally done. They already look quite promising.

Here is a picture of the entire set:

My favorite may be the reindeer. Here is a close up of him so you can see how nice the wood is:

These are really quite challenging to cut because of their small size. There are many swirls and small details and they are definitely going to be graded as an ‘advanced’ pattern.

I also took a picture of the Baltic birch ornament to show how nicely it looked (so far):

As I said, they all need some final sanding and the birch set will have stained frames. That will happen today, along with another photo shoot. These are just quick shots here.

I have decided to divide them up into two pattern packets. I have also decided include six inch versions of them to use as small plaques. For these larger versions, it will be necessary to make a small change at the top of the frame so to remove the hanger, but that will not be difficult. I think that six ornaments and six plaques in the pattern will make a fine set. By including the larger version, it will allow the scrollers that may not be so advanced in cutting to still enjoy the designs and perhaps get their feet wet with this type of cutting. At a larger size, they will be much easier to accomplish and I believe they are detailed enough to still be beautiful.

The stack cutting process for this worked fine, and I was happy that I documented it with photographs. With all the details in these designs, it is far easier to have two layers of wood to cut, as you gain a lot of control by having thicker material. The maple is about 3/16” and the Baltic birch 1/8”. Having these two layers stacked really did slow down the process, but it was (I believe) necessary in order to accomplish the fine details. Each ornament took me approximately an hour to cut. Leldon cut a couple out too over the weekend and it seemed he was on the same time frame as I was. So I think I am pretty close to average there.

I am also thinking about doing another video showing how to do the different types of swirls and slices. There are certainly easier ways to go about accomplishing these things. It is just a matter of finding the time to do them. I do think it would be nice though to have a reference video to go along with the patterns so that people can look on and see how it is done.

(I haven’t forgotten about the classes here on LJ’s either. I know I am overdue for the next one and I will post it as soon as I have a little time to do it. I thank you all for your patience.)

So there we are today. I need to do some final touch up sanding, gluing the frames, staining the frames and the final lacquer finish and they will be done. I still need to pick at the line work again one more time to adjust the things I found needed adjusting and create the packets too. I can see the next couple of days being spend doing that. It is a bit of a process as you can see, but hopefully the results will be worth it. I hope you like them and think so too. I will have more pictures tomorrow.

Have a great day!

-- 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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Roger

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 03:02 PM

they are all lookin gr8 Ms. Santa :)

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

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 04:18 PM

I too like the reindeer. Very elegant. Well done, Sheila.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 04:57 PM

Sheila;

These are looking really good.

Beautiful designs, and your skill at the scroll saw is quite evident.

Lee

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 05:35 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I am going to better pictures when they are really finished. Today is the really fun part – refining them and making them look truly ‘finished’. I am happy you all like them.

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 11-09-2011 06:18 PM

Sheila you did a outstanding job on them . Your maple must be softer , Than the maple , I have is hard dulls the blades fast and even had notice that the blade has turned blue even with packing tape.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 06:38 PM

Hi, Dave – I went through about a blade per ornament on an average. For me that is a lot. The maple I used was about 3/16” and as I said, it had one layer of 1/8” ply under it. It did the job though and at about $2-3 per dozen of blades I figure it was worth it for 24 ornaments. I would have never been able to accomplish these if the blades were dull. If I had to push hard, I changed the blade. I used the Olson 2/0 regular reverse tooth blade – my favorite small blades. They followed exactly where I wanted them to go and I was really happy with them.

Thanks for the nice compliment. :)

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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Bigrock

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 08:03 PM

Hi:
They look great, and the Christmas Season is almost here.
Do you every sell these by mail?
Thanks

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 08:06 PM

Thanks, Bigrock:
The patterns are available on my site and you can receive them via email instantly or through the regular mail. Email saves postage and you get them right away. :)

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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#9 posted 11-09-2011 08:16 PM

Nice job. But, I love the reindeer!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 09:24 PM

NIIIIIICEEEE Sheila even as knew as they can be they are already classic hits …

well done :-)

Dennis

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Bigrock

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#11 posted 11-10-2011 02:42 AM

Sheila:
I could not find the new Christmas patterns. I looked @ your website. What did I miss?
Thank You

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 11-10-2011 12:26 PM

Hi, Bigrock:
They well be there in a couple of days. I am still writing them and I just completed the finishing work on these yesterday. If you join the mailing list on my site, I will certainly announce them in the next newsletter. :)

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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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 11-11-2011 10:30 PM

It’s amazing how you can get those done SO FAST!

So intricate!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#14 posted 11-16-2011 04:48 PM

Those are exceptional Sheila and like you I think the reindeer is quite nice.

I have a scroll saw, but rarely use it. I tried fret work when I first bought it and decided I don’t have the patience to be changing the blade location every few minutes. I still do cut-outs for inlays and such but that is the extent of my scrolling. Sometime next week I am going to build a jewelry box that includes some scroll work for decorative corners and inlays on the sides and top.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 11-16-2011 07:34 PM

I suppose it makes a big difference what kind of saw you have. Changing the blade and holes on mine is so easy, you don’t even think about it at all. I realize that not everyone has the same equipment though and it can be tedious for some. I think the important this is that you do what you like. If doing inlay work and marquetry with your scroll saw is the limits of your patience, then so be it. You have to do what you like to do to make your hobby fun and relaxing. :)

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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