What an extremely productive weekend I had! It isn’t always that I can claim that so I am pretty darn proud of all that I accomplished over the last couple of days. It feels good to work hard and actually see some physical results of that work right in front of you. That isn’t always the case. There are many times when I seem to work hard and even though every minute of the day is spent ‘doing something’ there is little to show for it. But this week, it will be a boost to see these projects that I have been drawing come to life. Besides that, making them is the best part.
I spent the day getting most of the new things set up and I actually got to begin cutting them. It is amazing how much time I spent just picking out the wood that I wanted to use for each individual piece. While having a good variety of different species here to choose from, sometimes I find that having too many choices can slow me down a bit because it is difficult to pick what I want to use for each. I wanted to show things in a nice variety, and some are going to be oiled and others stained or painted so I wanted to also take that into consideration when choosing.
I did well though and got all seven of the candle trays set up for cutting. The bulk of my drawing these past few days was of additional candle trays because it has been a while since I made some new designs for them and people are requesting additional designs. Besides – I love doing them because they really a fun to cut and there are so many ways you can make them look cool. Most of the first designs were one simple layer, but in the future I am going to be doing more dimensional trays with stand up pieces, as well as overlays that will give a better variety. As always, I will offer several ideas for completing them in many different ways. I love doing versatile designs like that.
I spent the better part of the morning getting all the pattern pieces applied to the respective wood pieces. This time around, I used the 8.5×11 inch label sheets, as each design took up about a sheet and it was very quick and efficient to print out the patterns right onto the sheets.
The first one off the bat is something that I call “Classic Fretwork.” It is probably my favorite type of scrolling as it is a little challenging, but fun and relaxing to cut. I used a piece of wood that I think is brown maple. It almost looks like cherry though and I still can’t really figure out which one it is. I am leaning toward the brown maple because the usual grain pattern of cherry isn’t present. I will be able to tell more after I oil it.
Below is a picture of the finished cut piece:
I didn’t sand it or finish it at all yet. It is just the dry, raw wood at this point. Whatever wood it is, it is pretty hard and dense. Even with the label on it, it wanted to burn a bit. I only discovered this after I drilled all the holes and started cutting. This also made me think it was cherry, as I have had cherry burn in the same way. The only option that I had was to place packaging tape over the tray after drilling, which meant that I had to poke the blade through the tape each time I changed holes. This didn’t cause too much issue, as I used a very tiny 2/0 blade to cut. I started out with a #2, but I didn’t get the sharpness of the corners that I liked so I switched almost immediately to the 2/0. It was a little slower going, but I’ll swap speed for precision any day. The final tray came out pretty nice:
I call this one a “Filigree Candle Tray” as I feel it is the epitome of what filigree scroll would should be. Flowing curves and curls give this a ‘Victorian’ look that people generally think of when they hear ‘scroll work.’ I plan on simply oiling and using lacquer on the tray and leaving it at that. Keith had asked if I planned on making any ornaments or charms to accompany it, but I truly don’t think it is necessary. I think the design stands on its own and should be left as it is.
I will have final pictures of it tomorrow, if I am able to have time to finish it today.
We are going to Digby to spend the afternoon/evening with our dear friends and having dinner. It will be nice to see Bernie and Ellen and take some time away – even for a little bit. We did go to Keith’s parents on Saturday night and had a wonderful evening and dinner there. It was good to get away a little and visit and have a change of scenery.
Keith’s mom liked the Mud Bunnies that I had made last week, so I put some of them on a little wreath and gave it to her for Spring. It was easy to do and came out nice:
I like making ornaments because there are so many ways you can use them to decorate. For the wreath, I just got some wired ribbon, and a couple of spring sprigs to add color and a simple vine wreath. The little sprigs added a splash of color on the dark wreath and were easy to just poke in place. I used thin wire to keep the bunnies in place, as I didn’t want to drill any holes in them. The bows on their necks hid the wire for the most part and the little rhinestones gave them a bit of a shimmer:
It was simple to do and came out pretty nice and was a nice way to brighten things up for the spring.
I like showing you all these ways to use your projects. As with the beautifully cut paper butterflies that Anna made, this is yet another way to incorporate your painting and woodworking into fun projects. There are so many ways beyond the instructions in your pattern packets that you can use things to make fun and creative items.
I cut another tray yesterday, too, but it is also unfinished and I have to cut some of the overlay pieces to complete it. I think I will wait to show you that one so I have something to show you all tomorrow. I don’t want to overload you all at once, and with me being away for most of the day today it will give me something to share tomorrow.
It is Monday already and pouring rain. Quite a difference from yesterdays’ warm and sunny day. But I suppose it is typical of spring.
I hope you all had a great weekend and wish you all a fun and creative week.
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