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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #574: Valentine Ornaments are Just About Finished!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 968 days ago 5521 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had another good day yesterday, and pretty much finished the work on the new Valentine ornaments I was working on. I am happy to report that I didn’t even break any of the small pieces while I was sanding them and cleaning them up. All the scrollers out there know what a plus that is when doing something like this. It seems that sometimes breaking off small pieces is just part of the project at times.

I find when I do break stuff, that the new Gorilla wood glue is excellent for putting the pieces back together. I had never known they had a wood glue until the contest that was held here on Lumberjocks last year (see- the advertising worked!) and after hearing about it I sought it out here in Canada and finally was able to find some.

I always admired the strength of the original Gorilla Glue, but the ‘growing’ aspect of it was a bit of a turn off for me because of the type of projects I do. I find with the wood glue though that it offers the strength without the ‘growth’ and it dries nearly invisible. The glue is in all probability stronger than the wood it is gluing I expect – especially with the delicate fretwork I do. It has already saved more than one projects of mine and no one will ever be the wiser (Shhhh! Don’t tell!)

I also wanted to mention that I found a wonderful glue bottle at Lee Valley tools. I am sure that many of you have had the experience where glue bottles continually get clogged up. This can be quite annoyance – especially when you are trying to make a delicate repair. About six months ago we were making a Lee Valley order and thought we would try this bottle. I give it high reviews. It has proven to be a useful tool and I just ordered another one for my Gorilla wood glue. Here is the picture for it:

And the link to it is HERE

I promised you all pictures of the new ornaments today so here they are. The first picture is the natural maple ornaments. These were soaked in mineral oil and then sprayed with shellac:

The second picture is of the Baltic birch ornaments. I used the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing medium and Americana Acrylic paints to tint the centers of the hearts in four shades of reds/pinks. They look awesome in person.

Today I will be taking the ‘real’ pictures and building the pattern packet. I think I am going to include all 12 in one pattern. I should have the project officially posted up here at Lumberjocks in a day or so.

I have lots to think about today. There are many deadlines that are looming for the new year. Soon my catalog deadline will be upon me and also my third and final installment for the the calendar project that I need to do for the magazine. I also need to write a few articles and do a video or two to show some of these procedures that I used to make these. I have had some good questions asked too from customers and I think that answering some of them in the form of another lesson for the online class or a tutorial will be appropriate.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover painting!

I guess I will be busy and keep out of trouble. At least for the time being. I hope you all have a wonderful day and find the time to do something creative and fun! Enjoy!

-- 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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ellen35

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#1 posted 968 days ago

Lovely!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Roger

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#2 posted 968 days ago

that’s some mighty fine box joints there Sheila

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 968 days ago

Box joints? I know I am blonde but I don’t get it

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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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 968 days ago

Very good looking valentines, and I like the tinting in the second picture. Keeping busy is fun, but a little
bit of trouble adds some spice to life, my problem is trying to keep a happy balance. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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MyChipCarving

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#5 posted 968 days ago

The joints showing the glue bottle are called either finger joints or box joints.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 968 days ago

OHHHhhh! I didn’t do those!! They are from the Lee Valley site! If I could do joints like that on the scroll saw I would be the QUEEN of scrolling! LOL :)

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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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 968 days ago

So intricate. I’d be sure to break bits off whilst making, sanding, finishing or looking at them.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 968 days ago

They look great, Sheila

Lee

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 968 days ago

but Sheila you are the Queen of Scrollsawing …. :-)
and make that boxjoint shuold be easy enoff for you to do
the jiig for it aint so difficut to make either :-) ...........think tablesaw jiig turned 90 degree
if they can do it on a bandsaw a blond can do it too ….

if we wasn´t a big fan of your work before Sheila you wuold deffently have got another one today ..lol
I nearly cuoldn´t drag Silke from the computer and into bed when she saw your work with theese harts
they are going to be a classic seller for you Sheila ….. great job on the design

take care
Silke and Dennis

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scoops

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#10 posted 968 days ago

Great work, Sheila, and I agree with Dennis….you ARE the Queen of scrollsawing!!

-- yesterday today was tomorrow

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HamS

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#11 posted 968 days ago

Is Queen and Goddess the same thing?

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 968 days ago

Awwww! You guys are killing me! :) I just like having fun – that’s all! I’ll have to do a video and you will see how easy it is to do. i am sure you could all do it too with the right equipment and just a little practice!

Thank you all so much for your kind words. I really am glad you like the designs. They are truly fun and relaxing to do.

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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BertFlores58

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#13 posted 968 days ago

Hello Sheila,
I am so quiet but I could no longer control my anxiousness if you would really go for box jointing? It will be another amazing skill from you. Looking forward to it.
BTW… Been enjoying your previous posts. I am just curious about your valentines heart. What is on the flipside? That could be use as space for the photo overlay or inlay. Also if pairs will be hinged or pinned together then it can be opened then that would be a nice lover’s memento.
God bless,

-- Bert

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 967 days ago

Yabba – Dabba – Dooo !!

Sure looks nice!

Do you really SOAK them in Mineral oil? How long?
Do you wipe them down good afterwards?
How long to you let them sit and cure / dry out?

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 967 days ago

Hi, Bert and Joe!

Bert – they are cut clear through to the other side. They are only made of a thin layer (about 1/8”) of stock. The center heart is bevel cut so that it pushes back into the fretwork frame. I think you idea for a double heart photo frame is really a nice one. I think that would be a great project that others would love.

Joe – For these I used a small shallow dish and put in about 1/4” of oil at a time. I dipped the ornaments into the oil and used a paint brush to make sure that the oil is distributed well over the piece. I then brush away the excess and move it to some folded paper towels and let it sit a bit (usually long enough for me to do the next piece – a couple of minutes.) I gently blot the piece and move it onto a wire cookie cooling rack. At this point, the oil is still pooled in many places, such as in the corners, but I leave it for several hours or overnight and it absorbs into the piece. It depends on the dryness of the wood and the humidity of my place here I would imagine as to how long I leave it.

When it no longer feels greasy or is shiny, I spray it with several coats of spray shellac. I suppose I am not very scientific about my timing on this, but I have been doing things this way for a while and have had no problems whatsoever with the finish peeling or lifting. I love the way the oil brings out the grain, and the low sheen of the shellac is just the finish I want. It looks nice and warm and not plastic-y.

I hope this helps. :)

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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