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!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"