What a busy, busy weekend I had! I can honestly say that I did very little fooling around, but I was still unable to get my projects finished to the point where I can pack them up and ship them out today.
I am close, but I still need to take pictures and packing is somewhat of an “art” in itself and I need to be sure that everything will safely arrive, so it will be all completed today and I will put the call in for pickup first thing tomorrow morning.
I don’t feel as if I ‘failed’ though, as these things just take time to do properly. I made a change on one of my projects on Saturday morning, that meant back peddling and going back to not only the drawing board, but also to the saw and some finishing to bring the new pieces to the point where their sister pieces were at in production. I had been debating on the harp of the angel that I had shown in the blog, as it was a little difficult to cut even for me through the .75 inch stock, and my friend Jim mentioned that to me when I showed the pictures on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sheilalandrydesigns). Since it was in the back of my mind too, all I needed was the mention from him and it sent me back to the drawing table/saw to re-do the piece. But I was much happier with the results and glad that it was noticed by others instead of just myself because it is always really important to me what others think of the patterns – as they are the ones who will be making them. That is part of why I think that networking as I do here on the blog and on Facebook is so important to me.
In any case, when things were finally caught up, it took me pretty much of the day to finish up the second set of pieces, with a third to do on Sunday.
Along the way, I had decided to make three sets of these pieces. You all may think that is a bit excessive, but I really want to teach my readers and customers to look at things from several different perspectives. Just because a pattern is presented one way or in one color set doesn’t mean you can’t make it in another that you may like better. Training yourself to look at things from many different sides is a great asset to develop, and besides the problem of trying to decide which one you like best, I think it is something that is very valuable.
As far as this angel project is concern, I was having a really difficult time figuring out which color scheme I wanted to present. So many people like soft, pastel colors for their holiday decorating. Others like traditional jewel tones. Still others like the natural look of wood. I kept fighting as to which one I would make these in for the magazine article and I put it off as long as I could and was no further making a decision when the time came to make them. So I did them in all three.
Keith says I am a “make work” project for myself. I realize that doing the project in triplicate can slow things down and (naturally) take three times longer, but I just can’t help myself and it is part of me that you all just have to accept. So without further discussion, I will show you the three sets of angles.
For those of you who were guessing, these particular angels will be used as place card holders at the holiday table. My dear friend Ellen Bell always sets a beautiful table at the holidays and I had her in mind when I designed these. (That means you will be seeing more similar designs from me for other holidays too!) They are cut from 3/4” stock and drilled at the top prior to cutting them on the scroll saw. You saw the maple set the other day. It was finished in oil and spray shellac:
The first alternative set was done in pastel colors. I cut them from pine and I first painted them in DecoArt Dazzling Metallic acrylic paint, and then used the DecoArt Glamour Dust Fine Glitter Paint over them:
The second set was painted in deep jewel tones:
These were cut from poplar and again, I used the same process of using the Dazzling Metallic paints first and then following it with a coat or two of the Glamour Dust paint. I think that the metallic paints really make them look amazing! I know many of you aren’t into painting wood, but there is no denying the eye appeal of these beautiful colors. I wish you could all see them in person, as they look even better than they do here.
I am still debating whether or not to brush a coat of clear DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter paint on the wings of the maple pieces, just to give them a bit of a shimmer. While they are pretty nice looking ‘au natural’, they do look a little ‘plain’ and I think that having a slight shimmer on just the wings would really make them look nice. I love the Glamour Dust paint because the glitter is so finely ground in it, it is a very subtle effect and looks like ground glass, or like they are dipped in sugar. Like most of the DecoArt products I use, they are under $2 per bottle (usually you can get them on sale too at places like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) so you can stock up on lots of them for a very minimal cost. The 2oz bottles go really far too, so you can add sparkle to your heart’s content!
What do you all think?
I had flirted with the idea of adding rhinestones to these, too, but the metallics and the fine glitter were adequate to keep these looking festive. I think it is “enough.”
I wanted to mention too, that the colors are simply “blocked in” and there is only a bit of shading on the hair, which I did with a wash. The rest is just basic painting and the metallic paint and fine glitter paint do the rest.
I am already thinking about making a separate packet of these designs and this time making them into ornaments and offering the silhouettes of them as kits. If I do that, I will do a bit more shading and highlighting, and I may even do a set with the beautiful MUD flowers as I did on the bunnies. (Oh – where will it STOP!!)
So today will be photography and packing. I hope that all three projects make it into the holiday issue. Keith will be having three in there too as things are now, so it means between us, team SLD will be offering SIX projects for that holiday issue! That’s pretty cool!
I hope you like the angels. I will post some more ‘final’ pictures tomorrow. Even though I didn’t quite reach my goal this weekend, they will be shipping out tomorrow. How can I feel disappointed when I see what I accomplished?
I wish you all a wonderful Monday!
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