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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #982: Naked Bunnies

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 498 days ago 1629 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 981: An Occasional Day Away Part 982 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 983: All Dressed Up (Just a Bit!) »

Alright everyone – get your minds out of the gutter. It gets to be rather hard thinking up over 900 unique blog titles that would peak your interest. If you are reading this far than I have done my job. And all of my bunnies are definitely ‘naked’. So we’re good.

Yesterday was a day that I suppose I could call a ‘banner day.’ It was one of those days when lots of things happened, I was terribly busy, but I accomplished a great deal. Although it was dark and stormy outside and rained most of the day, I still didn’t feel pulled down by the gloominess. I even managed to make a splendid pot of beef vegetable and barley soup for dinner (I cheated on the rolls though, and used packaged crescent rolls!) But that’s OK. I felt my time was best spent working on my projects. Besides – I like packaged crescent rolls.

I spent the morning doing some final tweaking on the pattern that I drew up the previous day. Since the piece were small, it was essential that everything be accurate. When I printed out the final copy for inspection, I wondered if I didn’t push things a little too far this time. Some of the swirls and curls looked daunting and I realized that they weren’t going to be the easiest things to cut. But every pattern can’t be for the beginners. I think that people would get bored with that. Besides – what better way to stretch your abilities than trying something that posed a bit of a challenge? So onward I went.

I chose a lovely piece of 1/4” thick maple for the design. It was about 6” wide and had a beautiful and tight, even grain. That would work well with the gentle swirls and hold the design well. Many people don’t realize the importance of choosing the type of wood they plan to use for their projects. I feel that it is especially important to carefully pick a wood type that is suitable to the intricacy of the design. It gives you a better chance of succeeding.

I laid out my ten bunny pattern pieces on the board and it took up exactly half the length. This was perfect, as I planned to cut these pieces two layers deep. I have several variations in mind for these pieces and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to cut an additional set. Besides – cutting through two thicknesses of 1/4” maple would give me the precise control that I would need to accomplish this design comfortably. It was meant to be.

As usual, I tried to choose the most difficult piece to begin cutting. My philosophy on that is that if it is going to fail, I want to know early on before I waste additional time and wood finding out. If I can accomplish the hardest piece, then the rest of them would be easy. Right?

I drilled all the decorative holes first, and then the entry holes:

I needed one of my really small bits to drill the holes for the design, as many of the cut-outs are just thin slices. But I like the way that looks and I think it adds to the beauty of the piece and makes the design ‘flow.’

I used my smallest blade for the job (the reverse tooth 2/0) and I found it did a wonderful job. I was also happy that I stacked these pieces, as the amount of resistance was just perfect. Cutting them was actually very relaxing and as I sat there at the saw with my headphones playing some of my favorite music, I was truly in my ‘happy place.’

All went well and there were no boo-boos. I did need to adjust just a couple of lines, as looking at them on the table of the scroll saw was certainly a bit different than looking at them magnified 1200 times on my computer screen, but the adjustments were negligible and the design looked no worse for the changes.

As I finished each piece and peeled off the pattern, I felt more confident about my ideas concerning these shapes. I have lots planned for them in different variations, and this is only the beginning. And it is a good one at that.

I had to switch gears for a while when finished cutting them. I had found out that the Artist’s Club had accepted my Haunted Halloween Mask ornaments for their catalog and I needed to cut a couple of kits out and get them shipped out tomorrow. As usual, the deadlines are tight and I am grateful that I had them nearly ready to go out the door, hoping that my submission would be accepted. This would insure us at least some production work over the slower summer season and came as a bit of a relief (Yes! I do worry when I submit that things won’t be accepted!)

While I was at cutting the kits, I also decided to cut several sets of these bunnies in silhouette form (without the inside cuts) for additional projects. I have a couple of ideas for them for the painters too, and I needed a couple of sets to experiment with.

It was exactly 10:02 when I finally sat down with my tea to relax last night. I was going to leave the sanding of the bunnies until today, but I just was too excited and wanted to see how they looked. So here they are – sanded and naked and ready for the next step:

I apologize again for the low res picture, but apparently it must be done :(

But they aren’t finished yet!

I have several nice plans for these happy little spring bunnies. The scrolled in details are just the beginning.

They are ‘naked’ now and ready to get all dolled up for spring. And I have a couple of great variations that will make these darling little bunnies quite versatile. (Can you tell I am excited?)

So that will be all for today. I will end with a quote that I saw on Facebook this morning. I read it and thought that it was quite fitting for the place that I am in now with my designing. Here you go:

”The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.”

I tried to find the source of the quote, but it came up as “Unknown.” But in thinking about it, there is really a lot of truth in that. I find that my best designs are the ones that I do for myself, from my heart. The rest usually just falls into place.

The sun is shining today and there are only a couple of small piles of snow left to melt. I have the window cracked open and I can smell the fresh air of spring. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

I wish you all a beautiful day also!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



12 comments so far

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 498 days ago

Great job, Sheila!

Lee

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 498 days ago

Ok, Ya got me… Hook, Line, and Sinker! But at least I did stay and read the whole thing :-)

And I wish for YOU a beautiful day also.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 498 days ago

Thank you Lee! And thank you too for staying Joe! It’s hard to think of “titles” every day! Sometimes that is more difficult than writing the blog. I thought I may as well have fun with it!

Have a great day you two!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#4 posted 498 days ago

Didn’t think I’d ever say this, but, here goes: I think they’ll look better NOT being naked. I haven’t even had any Guinness’ yet. :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 498 days ago

I think so too, Roger! But I pooped out last night and figured I would dress them today. I’m kinda glad to hear that you haven’t had any Guinness’ yet! It is only 10am my time. ;) (It IS noon somewhere though!)

Stay tuned . . .

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 497 days ago

Sheila they are not naked they are tattooed :)

Soup n bread mmmmmmmmmmmh!

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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 497 days ago

Hi, Jamie!
Today’s lunch – tuna with granny smith apple, pecans, dried cranberries, and of course onion. I have been eating good lately! :)

I won’t starve, that’s for sure!

Have a great day!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 497 days ago

Mmmmmmmmmm solid food, droooooooooool

LoL
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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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 497 days ago

now you just need the pig with a shotgun (that can´t hit anything with it) bugs bunny call fessor :-)

cute bunnies but ain´t they little short-eyes :-)

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 497 days ago

Oh Jamie! I didn’t mean to brag! :)

Hi, Dennis! How have you been? I really didn’t want to put the eyes in, as these are mainly silhouettes except for the decoration. I suppose it would be easy enough to do so though. Then they will see Elmer Fudd approaching. :)
Tell Silke I send my best. Thanks for stopping by.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#11 posted 497 days ago

Hi Sheila, I can see these guys blown up a bit in size and attached to my garden fence! Love them!
Certainly wasn’t bunny weather on the Westcoast today – deluge of rain! Still, it’s mild so we can’t complain.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 497 days ago

Hi, Anna! I woke up this morning to SNOW! Just a touch though, and only on the grassy areas. The pavement was still clear which shows it is getting warmer overall.

I have lots of fun things planned for these bunnies. Larger ones will be really cute! They can be “Guardians of the Garden!” That is a great idea! I finished the wood toned ones (see the next blog) and I am working on some colored ones. I have lots of plans for these little guys! :)

Have a great day today! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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