Right now I am multi-tasking. I suppose that I am always muti-tasking, but this time I am working on several different smaller projects at the same time. I have a lot of new ideas, and it seems that I just don’t have the time to finish one before I need to start on another. For a designer that is a good thing.
One of the main things that I am working on is my next article for the magazine. The article is going to be about adding some “bling” to your scroll sawing projects to give them that little bit of extra. With our holiday designing right around the corner, I think that there is a lot of merit in showing this method that I have been using of late. It is not only easier than the previous method that I used (which included drilling depressions in our scrolled ornaments and pieces to hold beads) but also offers better quality stones and quicker and cleaner application.
In order to show some of the different possibilities in utilizing this method, I pulled on some of my previous projects to play around with and see what I could do to bring them up to another level.
I started with my SLD407 - 12 Elegant Slotted Ornaments pattern.
While I really loved these ornaments, I thought that they could use a little extra added to them. Since they are dimensional, it would have been nearly impossible to drill depressions in both sides of the pieces in order to add any type of stones or beads. Since most of the times when adding embellishments it is best to drill the depressions first, it would not work on these because it would be necessary to drill both sides. Not only would it weaken the wood too much and make the ornaments exceptionally fragile, but it would also be extremely difficult to align the stones properly.
Since these stones have flat backs and are pre-glued on the back and heat set, it is very easy to apply them even to the thinnest wood with accuracy and without the danger of breaking your pieces.
In seeing the final results, I really loved how they turned out:
The ‘Siam Red’ stones look absolutely beautiful on the maple, and the soft finish of the laquered wood contrasts wonderfully with the beautiful shiny crystals. I think it looks positively regal.
I did another sample in green. The “before” picture looked good:
But the “after” picture just looked better:
If you matched a hanging ribbon to the beads you used, it would really pull this look together.
I then thought of something. If these looked so nice on natural wood, how would they look on wood that is already stained or painted?
I am getting ready to change my little all season tree from a winter theme to a spring and Easter theme and I had some of the bonus Easter egg ornaments that came with my SLD343 Easter Egg and Bunny Candle Tray pattern. I had already decorated these ornaments with some of the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium, as well as the DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter paint and they looked nice, but they seemed rather ‘flat’ looking. I was actually thinking that I would repaint some of them with brighter colors. While I wanted subtle, pastel colors initially, I felt that these colors were a bit too soft and actually looked a bit bland. So I thought I had nothing to lose by adding a little sparkle to them.
I am really excited about the results. Not only did I have fun picking and choosing which colors to use, but applying them (even over the glitter paint) was fast and easy – AND they stayed in place! They elevated these egg ornaments from “nice” to “Wow! These look really cool!”
I’ll let you all be the judge:
I had a ball trying out the different colors of rhinestones that I had recently purchased. There were so many beautiful colors (I had gotten a pretty good assortment so I could “play!”) and I couldn’t wait to test them out.
Even the Aurora Borealis stones look amazing:
I am not a fan of Aurora Borealis stones in general. Most of what I had seen looks really cheap and crappy. But when I got my first order of AB stones from Rhinestones Canada they were extremely beautiful. Since all of their stones are leaded crystal and not cheap plastic, the shine of them is amazing. In previous projects where I used flat-backed rhinestones, they were the cheapo plastic ones from Wally World or Michael’s and in comparison, they look rather poopie. In fact, there is no comparison. What I can’t believe either is the very reasonable price for these stones. They are all pre-glued and very, very economical.
I also loved the Peridot (light green) color:
Even though my birthday is in August and the Peridot is my birthstone, I never liked it. But the rhinestones look really pretty.
Another beautiful color is the Peach. I find myself trying to think of some more uses for this pretty color. Perhaps in some summer shell designs . . .
I want to mention that I am not compensated at all by this company. I just truly love their products. I am really happy that I found them and want to share the information with you all.
So many of my woodworking customers and friends are working on ways to sell their woodworking projects. They place their items in shops and attend craft shows and hope that their products will stand out from everything else around them. While I love the look of natural wood, sometimes it needs a bit of ‘assistance’ to grab someone’s attention. While adding a bit of “bling” may not work for Gallery-type pieces, when making crafts and selling items to those who enjoy crafts, many times the lack of bright colors that is characteristic of wood is a down side. By adding just a little bit of sparkle or color here and there, it can really bring your projects up to a different level and perhaps attract a wider audience. Just look at the first ornaments as an example. While still showing the beauty of the maple, the rhinestone accents make them look polished and finished.
I hope you like these pieces. I am going to continue to work on these and a couple of other smaller projects in the next few days. You never know what the day will bring, but I can assure you I will be busy as a beaver:
Have a great Thursday!
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