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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #925: Snowflake Candle Tray

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 598 days ago 1967 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 924: The Process Part 925 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 926: Snowflake Tray - Version 2 »

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!

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



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 598 days ago

Sheila that is very nicely done, I think that
they can also be a nice winter ornament not
just for Christmas. I like celebrating ALL the
seasons. I’ve just printed out your medium size
ornaments, so I’m hoping to start up this old
scroll-saw. Fingers crossed.
Enjoy a nice walk in the snaw
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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Rick13403

213 posts in 2136 days


#2 posted 598 days ago

Hi Sheila, I really like the new trays. Do the candle jars fit them also? I have been having good luck with your word art and would like to know if you plan any spring and summer word art. My customers that are buying the autumn and winter want to continue collecting with the other 2.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 598 days ago

Thank you both Jamie and Rick! Jamie – as we speak it is still snowing hard! Here’s a pic of Pancakes (on the sill) and Richard looking out at the storm. What a pretty and beautiful day! :)

And Rick – YES! I have more word art planned! Some really cute designs for all seasons. Tomorrow I will be putting this pattern up on my site:

But I have many more planned! I am finishing up the Snowflake tray too and you will get to see it all done tomorrow! They are all coming out nice! :D

Thanks for the encouraging words! They really mean a lot!

Sheila

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 598 days ago

Sorry I forgot to answer Rick – YES! – all the larger jar candles fit in the tray. The inside depression is just about 4 inches, which will accommodate those candles. I liked the shorter one for a change here though. :)

Sheila

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

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Celticscroller

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#5 posted 598 days ago

Hi Sheila,
Looking forward to this pattern. I love the candle tray and know exactly who will be getting one next Christmas! I can visualize lots of ways the individual snowflakes can be used.
Enjoy the snow. Cold and wet here today. A good day to cosy up and get some much need sewing done – repairs – not my favourite! But at least it will be out of my way so I can get back to the creative fun.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 597 days ago

I like sewing too, Anna. I haven’t done mending though in a long time. I have a small basket of clothes that need attention and one day I will get to it. One day . . .

Sundays are nice for going at a slower pace. I used to keep them as “painting days” but lately I am just too busy with other things. As long as it is creative though, it doesn’t matter.

I hope you enjoy your day, whatever you do. :)

Sheila

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

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Druid

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#7 posted 597 days ago

Nice concept. Love it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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