Today I am just going to post a couple of pictures. I made good strides yesterday, and I can see the finish line in sight. Some of the pictures aren’t the best, but after everything is finished, I will be sure to get the lighting as good as I can and take some really nice ones.
The first tray that I will show is the “Love, Hope and Faith” tray. I did this one in 1/2” ash and even though it is probably the simplest of this group of designs, I think it looks pretty nice. The stronger grain in the ash adds a lot to it, without overpowering it.
The finish is simply mineral oil followed by spray lacquer. It looks clean and nice and I think that it is a project that will appeal to many:
It just goes to show that you don’t have to go crazy on every project to make something that looks nice.
The next project that I will show today is the stained version of the Primitive Crows candle tray. For this tray I used some basic colors and the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium. I chose not to paint the sides of the pieces, as I liked the way the cherry edges made the piece look more “antiqued.” Originally, I was going to sand the corners of the pieces to give it that rustic look, but I decided that the cherry edges were enough and it looked pretty good as I have it.
I added a small (3mm) gold rhinestone on the center of each of the tiny stars that the crow were carrying to give it just a touch of sparkle. (After all – crows like shiny things they say!) This made a nice contrast with the otherwise rustic piece and I thought gave it a finished look. I am pretty happy with the results:
I worked on three more projects yesterday and they are almost finished. One of them I am debating whether or not to re-do part of it, as I wasn’t really one hundred percent pleased with the outcome. I need to move ahead though with the group and also spend today and tomorrow finishing up the larger crow that I showed earlier so I can mail it out to the magazine. So I am on a deadline with that. I haven’t shown you anything on that since that first peek and I have been working on it all along, as it is probably the most complicated of the projects. I thought that I would just kind of surprise you at the end with that one.
So much to do!
I thank you all for the positive comments and encouragement that you have offered me. When working on my own here, it is nice to have feedback from outside sources and I feel really good about these projects and how they will be received. It is a lot easier to work hard on something when the response is so positive and it makes my days much brighter.
So that is all for now. Again – there will be more to show you tomorrow. We had a winter storm watch here yesterday and a bit of rain/sleet/snow fell, but it is calm this morning with no snow on the ground. I suppose it is trying to be spring anyway.
I hope you all have time to relax and do something creative!
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