Today I have more pictures than I will post. Little by little everything is coming together and I keep going from one project to the next to the next as things are drying. But things are beginning to come together now and I am seeing the finish line on most of the new things that I am creating. I don’t want to overwhelm everyone, so I will only post pictures of two projects today.
The first project that I will show today will be the “Butterflies are Free” candle tray. I believe that I showed you the intricate base for this project, but not the butterflies themselves. The base consists of delicate vine work and was one of my favorite pieces to cut. While the skill level was a bit higher than the others, with a little time and patience, it is not difficult at all. (One cut at a time is my favorite motto!)
For this tray, I decided to have the butterflies perpendicular, as if they are flying around the base. In order to do this, I needed to create posts so that they would have some stability when glued on. For my sample, I used 1/16” dowel rods, but I think that for the instructions I may recommend either wire or a smaller diameter dowel (or even round toothpicks) as I don’t want them to be really obtrusive. But for the most part, they look OK. The trick with posting pieces such as this is that you need to drill prior to scroll sawing. Then, once the piece is cut and glued to the dowel or post, it is stronger than ever.
In any case, here is how it turned out:
I think it came out nice. Here is a pic without the candle in place:
I love how delicate the butterflies look!
Cutting like this is really fun!
This piece was done in ash, which made a beautiful background for it. I am going to tint these pieces with some color, although I will go very lightly on them. I don’t want them to look “painted” really, as I want the grain of the wood to show through. I was having a difficult time choosing the colors that I want to use, so I thought I would sleep on it and see what I came up with today. I certainly had enough other things to keep me busy!
The next try that I will show is what I call “A Pocket Full of Posies.” I believe I showed you the beautiful ribbon design previously, but I never showed the small five petal flowers for overlay.
This pretty ribbon border is super-easy to cut. While it looks elegant and flowing, the actual lines are rather thick and the piece is sturdy and would be something that someone with not too much experience could accomplish with little problem.
For this design, I chose to do lots of small overlay flowers:
I thought it really added to the piece a great deal and made it the perfect centerpiece for spring and summer. I am going to do a colored version of this tray too, but this time I have a pretty clear picture in my mind of what colors I plan to use. You will have to come back to see what I am thinking! ;)
I did a couple additional things, but I will save them for tomorrow. I really appreciate the nice comments and support you all have shown me on the other projects, and it makes me just want to do better.
Here it is Friday already and another week is coming to a close. While the sun is out here at the moment, they are calling for rain, sleet and another storm to move through our area in the next couple of days. It will be a good weekend to stay in and finish up these projects.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
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