As promised, I gave my little bunnies a new look with a dash of some pretty pastel colors. I had mentioned that when I cut these little guys out the other day that I stacked them, so I got double the mileage out of my cutting time.
The wood used here is 3/16” maple. That makes it an ideal project to stack-cut. I attached the two layers of wood using hot melt glue in the waste areas of the corners and the added thickness gave me a lot more control when cutting these precise swirls. Even though I used the 2/0 scroll saw blade, it would have went through one thickness almost too easily to have the control needed to accomplish the design. But double-cutting slowed things down just enough to make things much more comfortable and fun. Besides – having an extra set of pieces was great.
To stain them, I picked some lovely pastel DecoArt Americana acrylic paint. I used the paint with a gel medium (also by DecoArt) called Antiquing and Staining medium, which mixes with the paint to make it into a transparent stain. I love this stuff because it allows you to use the entire 300+ palette of Americana colors, and you can mix it to any opacity you desire. If you want your stain more transparent, you just add a bit more medium. If you want your coverage to be more solid, you add more paint. The medium also gives you a bit more drying time and you are better able to blend the paint on the project, and unlike water it doesn’t raise the grain on the wood.
For these ornaments, I decided that I wanted a decent amount of coverage. Instead of applying the stain thick, which could have looked uneven and streaky, I applied it in two thin coats. One thing to note – when using this product it extends the drying time so that means it takes a little longer to dry completely before you apply another coat. Otherwise you wind up pulling the previous coat off the project which can look patchy. I found using a hair dryer to make things dry faster helped a great deal. (Yes! I am sometimes impatient!) I then sprayed the ornaments with two very light coats of gloss varnish. I loved the results!
As with the first batch, I added just a few beautiful crystal rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada to each bunny:
They were fast and easy to do. I just placed them and then touched the heat wand to them for 5-10 seconds and they were good to go:
I then added a coordinating organza ribbon around their necks to finish them off. Even the white bunny looked beautiful and elegant. These would make lovely wedding decorations I thought!
I spent the evening preparing the pattern packet and loading the project onto my site. They are called SLD420 - 10 Fretwork Bunny Ornaments.
The instructions include all the cutting and decorating instructions for both versions of the ornaments – the ones shown here today and the ones from yesterday. I am pretty proud of them and I thought they came out nice.
I finished up somewhere around 11pm. I was tired, but I was happy that I accomplished so much in the day. After feeling as if I was treading water for the last few weeks, it felt wonderful to see these projects completed.
But I am not done with bunnies yet!
I have another couple of versions that will be geared for the painters. These bunnies will be only cut out as silhouettes and the majority of the decorating will be painting. But there are two different techniques that I want to do on them, so two more sets are in order it seems.
I really love these bunnies! They are not only good designs for the up and coming Easter holiday, but they are also great to have out all through the spring and summer season. There is no reason at all why you can’t have these brightly colored critters around for the next several months. They are fun and easy to make, and oh – so pretty!
I can’t decide if I like their natural colored clothes or the pretty pastels shown here better. I am happy that I have both sets here to use on my little all season tree, as I think that they will all look great there. Even though we had a light blanket of snow fall yesterday, I think it may be time to change my little tree to look more spring like.
Today I am going to work on the next version of the bunnies. Wait until you see what else I have planned for them! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
Have a wonderful day today! “Hoppy” Saturday! ;)
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