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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #865: New Dimensional Ornaments!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 614 days ago 3303 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Those of you who read know that I frequently wish that my days had more hours in them, and today is the one day of the year that my wish actually comes true. A 25 hour day!

Now how I am going to use that extra hour is hard to decide. There are so many wonderful directions that I am heading in right now that I could choose from a variety of tasks.

Yesterday was a very productive and happy day for me. All week I was working on a new ornament set, and it seemed that one thing after another needed my attention and I wasn’t able to get them cut. In drawing them, I readjusted them several times, as I wanted them to look detailed and intricate without them being actually difficult to cut.

One of my favorite ways to ‘dress up’ ornaments is by using drill holes for details. It always amazes me how much a few extra holes can add to a design. But I have learned over the years of designing that I need to be careful with the placement of the holes and regard the overall factors of strength and practicality of adding them in. Too many can make the pieces look busy, as well as weaken them and make them overly fragile.

What I decided to do for these ornaments is create traditional looking shapes and making two slotted pieces that fit together to make the ornaments dimensional.

The resulting ornament looks almost compound cut, and even though the cutting is rather easy, when the pieces are put together, the ornament looks both delicate and detailed.

I was very pleased with how these came out, as well as how simple they were to cut. The ornament shown above only has a dozen actual cut outs in each piece, making it simple and fast to do. Yet with the drilled accents it looks like it would have taken much longer.

I suppose the trickiest part of these ornaments is the actual slots. Naturally, the size of the slot will vary as much as your wood. The piece that I used was probably 3/16” or so thick, and I made sure in the pattern that the slots could accommodate a thickness even a bit beyond that without interfering in the design.

As with my own piece, I needed to adjust the width of the slot to be slightly smaller.

Naturally, I will explain how to do this all in the pattern packet. The results are nicely fitting beautiful ornaments that take probably only about 10 to 15 minutes each to cut.

Even better, they can be stack cut for more efficiency without much effort.

Here are some rough pictures of the rest that I cut:

The wood I used for them was solid birch (not plywood) I oiled them last night and did an initial clean-up sanding, but I see that they need a little touch up sanding before spraying them with lacquer finish.

I only finished six of them because with the initial set up and things it took me a little bit of time. Keith is also working on some incredible new designs and needed to cut so we cut in shifts.

Even though we have the two saws, both of us wanted to use the Excalibur for this type of cutting. It is so precise that it was pure joy to cut on it and I can’t wait to work on the other six today.

This was a great breakthrough out of the little slump for me. Between the production order of the other day and finishing up these cool ornaments, I feel like I am right back on my game again.

One thing I love is that when I am cutting, I am always thinking about other projects and plans. It seems like I get my creative juices really flowing best while I am in the process of creating another project. I can’t wait to finish these and start on the next set of ornaments that I am thinking about (and then the next, and the next!)

It will be a wonderful Sunday today and I am looking forward to using my extra hour wisely.

I hope you all have a great weekend too and enjoy the extra time that you have doing something you love. Nothing beats that!

-- 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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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 614 days ago

These look fantastic Sheila!

You are correct – they look very detailed as though it would take you a ton of time and effort to create.

I can’t wait to see the rest!

I have a great idea what to do with that extra hour – curl up under a blanket with your kitties and read a good book! ;-)

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 614 days ago

A whole new dimension to your design style (excuse pun).

Its fun going 3D, isn’t it, Sheila?

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 614 days ago

Thanks, Bob! The kitties are mostly here in the morning curled up with me. Part of our morning routine! :) I am glad you like the ornaments.

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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 614 days ago

Hi, Martyn!

Yes, it was fun to do! I have to train my brain to think in more than two dimensions. I have some other ideas in the works too that will be coming shortly.

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 613 days ago

Hi Sheila,
The beginning was diorama, now the 3D. You will have to do integration in this concept.

Amazing cuts. Japanese origami will be helpful in the joi nts specially in packaging them.
I have to look at it again. Really new era.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 613 days ago

They are very cool they look great.

Not what I thought of at all :)

Your sketch teaser inspired me to work

on my Shrine project, so thank you for that.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jim Barry

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#7 posted 613 days ago

You know, I woke up this morning thinking about these type projects and designing them in Sketchup. Patterns on the brain!

-- Woodwork Safely, Jim Barry, Nova Scotia, CANADA http://www.WoodchuckCanuck.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 613 days ago

You must be on my wavelength, Jim! ;) They are also going to look cool about a foot tall each to hang on outside pine trees during the holidays!

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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Jim Barry

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#9 posted 613 days ago

Or from a porch upper beam, or a rain gutter with a fishing line swivel to spin in the wind. :)

-- Woodwork Safely, Jim Barry, Nova Scotia, CANADA http://www.WoodchuckCanuck.com

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Celticscroller

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#10 posted 613 days ago

Good morning Sheila. The ornaments look great. They would be excellent on a larger scale as Jim says. I haven’t had much success with slotted patterns so I’m looking forward to getting the pattern for these and following your instructions. I’ve done quite a few compound cut ornaments and I like the 3-D effect. Your method would take less time and the ornaments would be easier to store. Looking forward to seeing all the patterns.
Enjoy your extra hour!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Jim Barry

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#11 posted 613 days ago

Going on what Celticscroller just said, I’m wondering if they can be stored flat. They would need snug fit to stay together without nails or glue. Then you’d have to consider the humidity change that might occur. If the wood shrinks any more, the slot will become a loose fit. Based on the design, the half that slides up will fall out. I see why you designed it like you did with the hanging loop on the top. So in case the bottom falls out, maybe a small ribbon wrapped around underneath the 4 square tabs under that top loop will keep the two pieces together.

Sheila, you know me, I’m always looking for the “what if…” in a design. :)

-- Woodwork Safely, Jim Barry, Nova Scotia, CANADA http://www.WoodchuckCanuck.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 613 days ago

That is exactly why I have the tabs on the top Jim. Even the smaller ones can be tied instead of gluing them so that they can be stored flat. (See – I was thinking! ;) )

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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Bluepine38

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#13 posted 613 days ago

Great looking idea. Will these be available on your home site, or as a project in a magazine? Thank you for
the ideas, but it think this one will be easier to do off one of your patterns with instructions.

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 613 days ago

uuuhu they are vey nice Sheila :-)

if you ever run out of idea´s …. not lightly :-)
or just want a real mind chalange in a slow month
if that ever should happen make a call and remind me of this

don´t think too much just let the patterns flow out of the sleeves
you know thinking gives headeache :-)

take care
Dennis

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Steven Davis

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#15 posted 613 days ago

A particularly nice design.

Congratulations.

Steve

-- Steven Davis - see me at http://www.playnoevil.com/ and http://www.stelgames.com/

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