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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #571: Better Late Than Never

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 837 days ago 2545 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The site was down earlier today and I was unable to post my blog. I did write it before I headed out to the gym and this is the first time that I was able to post. (To those of you who wrote – thanks for missing me! :D)

I had a great start to the new year yesterday. I spent much of the day at the scroll saw, cutting out my new designs. What I have drawn up is a set of Valentine Conversation Heart ornaments that can be used in many different ways. I love cutting letters, and it was fun to make the different little sayings on each ornament. Since the letters are cut as ‘negatives’ (the letters are removed from the pieces) they are a bit easier to do. Every once in a while, I did get lucky and the waste from the letter came out ‘whole.’ While this isn’t at all necessary, it is fun when it happens and it shows you just how strong the maple that I was working with is.

In order to make the ornaments look more interesting, I chose to bevel cut them so that the center of each heart is slightly pushed back. I did this by drilling a small entry hole and tilting my scroll saw several degrees to the outside of the piece, which allowed the center to slide back just a bit. This is the same method that I use on my candle trays to make the edges of the tray raise up a bit from the table. Overall, I think it gives an interesting effect and makes the pieces look much nicer.

I stack cut these ornaments for a couple of reasons. The first was because the outer design is identical on all of them and it would help things move along a bit faster. The second was because I prefer cutting at least two layers deep when cutting thin wood such as this (the ornaments are about 1/8” each) and it gives me more control of the tiny blade and stability. I used 1/8” birch ply for one layer and 1/8” maple for the other. I plan on staining the plywood ornaments and leaving the maple ones natural. Of course, I separated the pieces before I cut the bevel on them.
I got about half of the ornaments finished and plan on cutting the other half today. I am keeping this short, because there are some problems with the Lumberjocks site today and I am having trouble posting here. I will have some additional pictures for you tomorrow.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Have fun and play safe!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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grizzman

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#1 posted 837 days ago

whew…had me sweating bullets there for awhile…glad to see your ok…love the valentines, yea when the letters stay whole that is good cutting also…save them for something down the road.., that’s my problem in my shop…i save that small piece of walnut that is just to beautiful to burn…my pile is getting to big…well enjoy your day..glad your not gone…i dont think i could handle that…grizz

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

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karen12

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#2 posted 836 days ago

Hiya Like your valentine! I would really like to know your procedure on how you stain baltic birch. I’m totally new but was told baltic birch was only good for painting. I’d really like to know how to stain it. If you do happen to answer I hope i can find it cuz I’m new on here too <grin> I’m just beginning to scroll like two weeks ago.

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karen12

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#3 posted 836 days ago

Hiya Like your valentine! I would really like to know your procedure on how you stain baltic birch. I’m totally new but was told baltic birch was only good for painting. I’d really like to know how to stain it. If you do happen to answer I hope i can find it cuz I’m new on here too <grin> I’m just beginning to scroll like two weeks ago.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 836 days ago

COOL HOT Valentine! LOL

Hey, if you went out of your way to be super careful to keep the letters together, you could carefully sand them and glue them onto something else to create the 3D effect! LOL

Nice going!

Have a good one!

-- 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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leanne

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#5 posted 836 days ago

this is so pretty. I love small Intricate pieces.

-- Leanne, Australia, http://www.sawdustartonline.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 836 days ago

Thank you all for the nice comments. I am really having fun with doing these. Since I am cutting several layers together, they are a little slow to cut, but that doesn’t bother me at all.

Karen – I like using a product from Decoart called Staining and Antiquing medium along with acrylic paint to stain the Baltic birch various colors. I did a video which showed me doing the process and you can follow the link HERE to see it. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just let me know and I will be happy to help you.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dave

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#7 posted 834 days ago

Where is the rest of the alphabet? JK;) A great ornament Sheila. Save that h and see if you can collect the whole alphabet.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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