LumberJocks

My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #926: Snowflake Tray - Version 2

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-07-2013 12:18 PM 1571 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 925: Snowflake Candle Tray Part 926 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 927: Site Updated »

I had a good day yesterday finishing up my new snowflake candle tray and getting some instructions written. I know the tray looked finished yesterday, but I wanted to see how it would look with a little tint and – yes – some sparkles added to it. I was certainly not disappointed.

I had purposely used ash to cut the tray because of its light color. While maple can be light in color like the ash, I find that sometimes the grain is very nondescript and when I use stain or color on it, it is lost completely. While some projects look good with less grain, I wanted this one to have the grain showing through. The simplicity of the swirling design on the tray would look better (I felt) with the grain of the ash visible.

I used the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing gel to make the color very transparent and help it to move as I applied it. This way I was able to achieve a very sheer hint of color without the piece looking ‘painted.’ I used a light blue paint for the base of the tray and dabbed on white for the snowflakes. This coloring was very subtle and still allowed the beauty of the wood to show through.

I then wanted to add just a hint of sparkles, as it was supposed to replicate ice and snow and needed to have some shimmer to it. For the swirls on the tray, I used the DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint in a pretty blue. The Glamour Dust paint has very finely ground glitter and the base is very slightly tinted. I mixed it with the Staining and Antiquing so that it would be very subtle and just gently brushed it on over the swirls. This gave a shimmer without actually seeing chunks of glitter.

For the snowflakes however, I chose to use some Crystal Craft Twinkles, again by DecoArt. The Craft Twinkles are different from the Glamour Dust in that they are much larger pieces of glitter suspended in a clear base. While this may seem to be a trivial difference, it really affects the overall look of the piece.

I was tossing back and forth as to whether I wanted to use the clear Craft Twinkles or the silver on the snowflakes. I wanted them to stand out from the rest of the piece – especially on the tray. But while I wanted them to sparkle, I didn’t want them to look too gaudy.

In the end, I went with the clear (Crystal) Craft Twinkles, which have a rather iridescent shimmer to them. They are a bit more subtle and really made the tray look nice.

While I liked the natural colored piece, I really feel that adding this bit of color greatly improved the overall look. It gave it that “wow!” effect without smothering the wood grain. So you could still see that it is made from a beautiful piece of wood.

And you need to believe me when I say this takes NO SKILL at all! You simply brush the colors over the areas. No lines. No neatness required. The colors I used are so transparent that if you make a boo boo, it is easily fixed. And the products are so cheap (around $1.50 for a 2 oz bottle of each of the paints/mediums) that your total investment in purchasing the paint/colors for this project would be well under $10. That is one thing that I really love about these DecoArt products. Not only are they easily found (and you can get them online at their website) but they are very cost effective too. I am sorry if I sound like I am doing a commercial for them, but I really think that they have great products and I do use them all the time.

In any case, below is the finished tray:

I think you can see how soft and subtle the color is. You can barely see the shimmer from the Craft Twinkles. Here is a little better picture:

I hope it gets the idea across. Besides . . . subtle is good, isn’t it?

Well, that’s it for today. I am still working on the pattern for this and the site update. Hopefully I can get the newsletter out by this evening. We have several new things to up there and more fun yet to come.

Monday already? It will be different to have a ‘normal’ week again. But good. I hope you all have a graeat day! :)

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



11 comments so far

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4143 posts in 1521 days


#1 posted 01-07-2013 12:32 PM

That stands out Sheila. Just a subtle hint though
I saw the pic before reading and thought that is a nice
touch like looking through a prism with those rainbow tones.
Good thinking and as always good tase
Jamie
In Drizzly Scotland

-- 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

View Roger's profile

Roger

14649 posts in 1469 days


#2 posted 01-07-2013 12:34 PM

I really like this project. Would set a good ambiance with a tall glass o wine on a cold night.

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

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7684 posts in 1585 days


#3 posted 01-07-2013 12:39 PM

Thanks, Jamie! I know when I say “glitter” that many people cringe. And I like to use some of it. A lot.

People don’t always understand that frequency and volume are two different things. Just because I use it a lot, doesn’t mean that I use a lot of it! ;)

Just enough to make some shimmer.

Besides . . . the world is better when it sparkles just a little. Don’t you think?

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"

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4143 posts in 1521 days


#4 posted 01-07-2013 01:00 PM

That stands out Sheila. Just a subtle hint though
I saw the pic before reading and thought that is a nice
touch like looking through a prism with those rainbow tones.
Good thinking and as always good tase
Jamie
In Drizzly Scotland

-- 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

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4143 posts in 1521 days


#5 posted 01-07-2013 01:36 PM

Sheila, totally. I’ve got Glaucoma which means
that I often see rainbows when there is none. :)

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

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7684 posts in 1585 days


#6 posted 01-07-2013 01:43 PM

Now THAT’s what I call looking at the glass half full, Jamie! :)

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"

View BritBoxmaker's profile

BritBoxmaker

4376 posts in 1701 days


#7 posted 01-07-2013 04:26 PM

The first pic shows a kind of iridescent, metallic sheen. Not at all unpleasant and interesting to see in combination with wood grain. Or is that just my eyes?!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7684 posts in 1585 days


#8 posted 01-07-2013 04:35 PM

No, it is really more ‘iridescent’ than ‘glitter’ Martyn. Your eyes are good. :)

My friend Cari and I used to assimilate ‘glitter’ to macaroni and glitter and glue crafts of our childhood. Overused, it can be a bit too much. But that is why I like the Glamour Dust so much. It is very finely ground and is somewhere between glitter and regular opalescent paint. Rather nice I think. I did graduate to the Craft Twinkles (regular glitter) on the snowflakes, because I wanted them to have a different level of oomph. I was tossing between the silver and the clear iridescent and the clear won out. I think the silver may have been too much. I didn’t want it overpowering, just natural like snow on a sunny day.

I wish you all could see the real tray. It looks pretty cool.

Thanks for your input! :)

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"

View Celticscroller's profile

Celticscroller

811 posts in 738 days


#9 posted 01-07-2013 05:47 PM

Good morning Sheila. The added colour looks really great. Subtle yet very effective. One of the things on my list to organize is my paints. I have some bottles that are very old and need to be ditched. You are giving me great ideas on paints to stock up on.
Drizzly here too!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

View BertFlores58's profile

BertFlores58

1646 posts in 1587 days


#10 posted 01-08-2013 12:15 AM

Hi Sheila,
Been a while for me to see and I really love the way wood creation from your idea comes to reality. The way you allign those add-ons makes the tray so attractive. From my point of view, there is a possibility of making two pins per add-on, drilled at inclined angles (above been done perpendicular) then that could be a series of add-ons lock together to serve as the fence of a basket tray or fruit bowl. Just a suggestion. It is really nice idea. Thanks for sharing.
God bless,

-- Bert

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7684 posts in 1585 days


#11 posted 01-08-2013 12:46 PM

That would be cool, Bert! I was thinking of doing some sort of fence with a haunted house for Halloween. I think that would be a good way to do it and it gives much more working area to add things to. Thanks so much for your input.

Anna – I have to keep my paints in order for designing. I use those hollowed out benches you see to do so. One bench holds LOTS of paint and it is very easy to get to and functions as an extra seat here. It works out well for me, but I have a lot of paint! :)

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"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase