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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #887: What Was I Thinking?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 603 days ago 1834 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 886: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Part 887 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 888: Little Sleds Finished! »

Any of you who know me know that I tend to be an optimist at times. You also know that I sometimes underestimate the time it takes me to do something. Well it seems that yesterday my optimism collided with my underestimation and I made the mistake of saying that my sled ornaments would be completed today.

Oh, they are cut and sanded. Everything came out really nice I thought and worked like it should. As a matter of fact, I found a great deal of pleasure in cutting these ornaments out. While some of them were a little bit challenging, I also found it to be very relaxing and fun.

While I was cutting them out, I had my cordless headphones on and listened to some great music. It never ceases to amaze me how uplifting good music can be. While I like all kinds of good music, the music of choice was a piano concerto by Beethoven. Specifically, it was #5 which is called the Emperor. (Not to be confused with his 5th symphony) This has always been one of my all time favorite piano concertos and every time I hear it, it makes me feel good.

I found a wonderful rendition of it on YouTube with Daniel Barenboim conducting. The link to it is here if you want to have a listen: Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto (Sorry – it doesn’t allow embedding)

I find that working while listening to good music really makes a good thing even better. I remember going with my brother to see this very concerto played at Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue when I lived in Chicago. My brother always appreciated all types of music as I do and one year he took me downtown to see a live orchestra with him. It was one of the best presents ever!

So back to the ornaments . . .

I wanted to mention that this was the first time I used my Painter’s Mate double-sided tape that I spoke of last week.

With all the trouble I have been having with the temporary spray adhesive, I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to give the double sided tape a try to affix my pattern to the wood. I have to say – it couldn’t have been easier or had a better result.

I simply applied a layer to the wood, peeled off the backing and stuck the pattern into place. No muss or fuss. The patterns stayed attached, even in the tiny places, where it tends to peel off:

While I realize that this method of attaching the pattern is a bit more costly than many of the other methods used, when doing fretwork such as this where cuts are quite close and it is really important to have the pattern stay in place, it worked perfectly. My roll of tape is 27 meters long and 36mm wide and it cost about $7. While that may seem a bit high in cost, if you break it down per project, it is not really that much. Besides, the time and aggravation it saves is well worth it. Now I wouldn’t want to use it when we do production work or large scale scrolling such as our ornaments kits because of not only the time involved to apply it, but also the cost. Since the kit pieces have no internal cuts and are very simple shapes, the spray adhesive is very adequate for applying the pattern.

With my sled ornaments all cut and sanded, I only needed to oil them and spray them with shellac before assembling them. That is where my mistiming came into play. In using mineral oil on them, I forgot that I needed to allow the oil to soak in overnight before applying the shellac. If I didn’t do so then I would run the risk of not having a good bond when assembling them.

So as I sit here, everything is ready to move ahead, and I will have some nice pictures for you all tomorrow. I am also going to work on the packets and get them ready for the next update for the site this weekend, as many of you have asked about them.

The sun is fully up already and it looks to be a beautiful day. I look forward to seeing these ornaments finished up and sharing the pictures with you. Then on to the next project . . .

Have a wonderful day today! I hope you decide to give the Beethoven a listen. It will certainly brighten your Monday!

-- 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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americancanuck

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#1 posted 603 days ago

where do you get the double sided tape?

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Roger

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#2 posted 603 days ago

da-da…...da…...............daaaaaaaaaaaa Have a good week.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 603 days ago

I have seen it here: Uline

Painter’s Mate tape was available at our Home Depot here in Canada. Here is the link to them on the web. Just click the “Where to Buy” to see what may be available in your area: Painter's Mate Green Dropcloth Tape

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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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 603 days ago

I enjoy female vocals at present “Dechen Shak-Dagsay” a

Tibetan woman with a voice of an angel.

Sheila have a great day

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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 603 days ago

There is this one band that I like a lot called “Within Temptation” which are Dutch and their lead vocalist, Sharon den Adel has an amazing voice. So much good music to enjoy from so many different genres! :)

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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Celticscroller

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#6 posted 603 days ago

Listening to music as I’m doing anything creative makes to process even more relaxing. I was blessed growing up to have parents who introduced us to a wide variety of music – music was a bit part of our lives.
I’m glad to hear the double side tape worked well. I’ll be getting some next time I’m in Home Depot.
Enjoy your day. Sunny, crisp and frosty here – a beautiful day.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 603 days ago

I love all different kinds of music Anna. From Pink Floyd to Mozart and lots of music in between. It really makes so many tasks much better. This concerto is one of my all time favorites and I can’t help but feel good when I hear it.

It is cool and crisp here too! Winter is coming very soon! ;) I hope you have a great day!

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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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 603 days ago

glad you found one brand of the doublesided tape you like :-)

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 602 days ago

Thanks, Dennis. I hope I can get my hands on some more. I need a place that will mail order it. :)

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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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 600 days ago

Update: I’ve just tried this, it works well. Kip double sided masking tape from Decorating Direct in the UK.

http://www.decoratingdirect.co.uk/viewprod/k/KIPDUOB/

Judging from the writing on the roll inner it appears to be German in origin. Instructions for use are on the page linked above.

-- 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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#11 posted 600 days ago

Very cool Martyn! You da man! Thank you for finding a source on your side of the ocean! I also think it is my new preferred way of attaching patterns. ;)

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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