I had a decent working day yesterday. I was happy that things went the way they did, and having a good attitude about what I was doing made all the difference in the world. I think in writing yesterday about not being afraid to fail, I did well in convincing myself that it would be OK if things didn’t work out for me the first time. Also, hearing from others that I have so much admiration and respect for and seeing that they go through the same thing made me feel like it wasn’t “just me” who feels like this from time to time. It helped get me moving again in a good direction and I was able to accomplish what I wanted to, knowing that even if things didn’t turn out just how I wanted them to on the first try, it would be alright.
So I forged ahead.
The first thing I did was take the simple wood silhouette pieces that I cut and transfer the designs to them. I then applied the textured paste to them and things went very smoothly. I just needed to take my time and remember to do everything in steps and follow the technique that Margot taught.
I was really pleased with the results, and while the paste seemed to begin to harden after a half an hour or so, I decided to switch gears and do the scrolled ornaments next. I want to be completely sure that the paste was hard before proceeding. I am one of those people who will stick their finger in something to see if it is dry yet, only to ruin it in the process if it isn’t. I decided to use the “out of sight, out of mind” theory and placed the pieces on a sheet and put them on top of my kitchen cabinets so that I would not be tempted to poke at them and I would let them cure. I think that was the best plan I could follow.
I then switched gears and chose the wood I would use for the scrolled version of the ornaments. I decided to go with my favorite light wood – maple. These ornaments have some tricky curls and thin areas and I think that the maple was the best bet because of the strength and tight grain.
I prepped the wood and cut a couple of layers of the bells without incident. I decided to cut two layers at once, because I find that there is much more control when the wood is a bit thicker. Since the ornaments were only about 1/8” thick, I wanted some additional resistance so I added another layer. Things went fine.
I proceeded to cut the bells out, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. I find that cutting is somewhat magical when you have the right formula of blade and wood and design. After mass cutting the 3400 pieces last week, it was pure pleasure to take my time and cut these somewhat challenging designs. I really felt like “scrollgirl” and was very proud of the outcome:
I will be oiling and finishing up the ornaments today, as well as finishing up the other set, too. I finished after six PM and I didn’t really want to push on when I was getting tired. Besides, I thought it would be best to allow this paste to dry overnight – just to be sure.
The other set looks like this:
I am really pleased with how hard this stuff dries. It isn’t chalky or flaky like the other add-on stuff I use (Like the snow-tex) While I like the snow, if you poke at it enough, it will pick off. This texture is as hard as a rock, and I even tried sanding it and was able to do so with a sanding stick and it still held onto the wood – even the little dots. I am so far very happy with it.
So now what?
I am afraid you will have to tune in tomorrow and see what I am going to do with this next. I am encouraged and I think that it will look pretty cool when I am done (and it will be EASY too!)
I hope you all have a good day today. I can’t wait to get started on mine!
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