I am running a bit late today, as I got lost in answering emails and doing some other things. I did have some things that I wanted to share here though that may be of interest.
I received my full sheet labels the other day from a Canadian supplier on Amazon . They arrived quickly and I am eager to use them on my next project today or tomorrow. The cost for 100 full sheets of labels was a total of about $30 with the shipping. While that may seem a little expensive, you have to remember that by using this method to stick on the pattern, you eliminate the need for the blue painter’s tape, which is about $10 for a 47 meter roll. Also you save because you don’t have to purchase the temporary spray adhesive, and deal with that.
I had a customer write me this morning who also tried the label method and was very happy with it. He is from the United States and sent me a link to purchase the full sheet labels here:
They were only $10.95 there for a box of 100 full sheets, but I was unable to calculate the shipping because even though on the site they say they ship to Canada, there was no means to do so. I expect though that since their only method of shipping appears to be UPS, it would be a bit more expensive. If you are in Canada though and want to try them, you may want to contact them and see what is up, as my labels were delivered via Purolator and the delivery charge was about $8.00. If they work out, I will probably buy more than one box at a time to save on shipping, although I think 100 will last me quite a while.
Another thing I found in the past couple of days was that the Painter's Mate Green Dropcloth Double-Sided Masking Tape could be ordered from my Home Hardware store here in Canada. If you click on the “Where to Buy” link at the bottom of the page, you will see it is available in the United States also. The cost for a roll is (I think!) going to be about $10 with taxes in. I am waiting to see what it will cost when it comes in. The clerk there had never heard about it, and I had to have him look it up on the computer. He said he learned something new that day and I suggest if you go in looking for it, take a picture so that you can convince them that they ARE able to get it, as when I first asked him, he looked at me as if I had two heads. I was relieved he found it in the computer, because I am sure he thought I was making it up.
I have decided to write a comprehensive article on all this tape/spray glue/label information. I am going to offer it to the magazine because I think it will be helpful to offer different alternatives to applying patterns to the wood. In scroll sawing it is especially important that the lines we are cutting be accurate and I am looking for the most stress-free and reliable methods that I can to not only give choices to people, but offer methods that are a clean alternative to using spray, which can be a bit messy. I will keep you all updated on my findings in the next couple of days.
I am finishing up drawing my pattern today, and will show you a little teaser of it:
While this one is for the magazine, I am developing several patterns at once. I hope to have several new designs done shortly, as I can’t wait to be back at the saw again and try my new labels.
Well, that will be it for today. Time to get busy working and playing with my labels.
Have a great Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"