I had a nice relaxing day of cutting yesterday. Among other things, I finished cutting out the pieces to my new snowflake candle tray.
Everything went well, except if I were to do it again I would make sure that I left a bit more waste area on some of the smaller snowflakes so that they would be easier to handle on the scroll saw. More than once the blade grabbed the wood and it started me when it slammed it on the table. Nothing broke however and my reaction was quick, but I am not used to cutting things that small and I should have known better to leave bigger pieces of wood so I could easily hold and maneuver things.
But in the end, all turned out well. The finished set looks like this:
As you can see from the picture, the dowel rod that is inserted into each of the snowflakes, barely shows through.
I decided to place the vertical snowflakes in a ‘random’ pattern. I didn’t want them to look too on purpose. So I scattered them about around the center just a bit.
With the candle, I think it looks lovely.
Today I will be writing the pattern packet for this project. We are going to do a site update in the next couple of days and I want to include it in the new offerings. I also am working on two articles for the magazine – one is the instructions for the dragonfly tray and the other is for the article on applying your pattern to the wood. I did come up with some interesting thoughts on things in trying different methods of applying the pattern when making the past couple of projects and I need to organize my thoughts on things and get the article written.
It is snowing lightly today, and looks very ‘wintery’ outside. I suppose it is a good day to be making snowflakes in the warmth of my place here with my cats strewn at my lap and feet. It will be a relaxing day, and if I get these few things accomplished, I will be quite happy.
I hope you all have a good day planned today. The first weekend after the holidays is a relief for many. It’s a good time to work on those winter projects and spend some time doing things for yourself.
Have a great one!
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