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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1051: A Fun New Product to Work With!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-04-2013 11:15 AM 878 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent the majority of the day yesterday taking photographs and packaging everything up so it could be shipped to the respective magazines. When sending something out, I am always careful to be sure that I have enough photographs here of the pieces, as I usually don’t see them again for many, many months. I like to release the patterns after the magazines have had their run, and I have learned from years of working with the magazines that receiving the items back sometimes takes quite a while. It is best to be prepared.

When looking at all the projects Keith and I are sending to Creative Woodworks and Crafts for their holiday issue, I was really rather proud. Between us, we have six entries for the issue. This is, I believe, the most we ever will have in a single issue between us, and it feels really good to know how well-represented we will be. I also really, really like all the projects we submitted. Every one of them is thought through carefully and we are proud of them.

I also have a box going to Scroll Saw, Woodworking and Crafts magazine. This is my first submission to that publication and I am also happy with the candle tray that I am sending their way. It feels good to be branching out and reaching more people. We are slowly growing and gaining new followers a little at a time.

A very exciting thing also happened yesterday. I received a new line of products from DecoArt that I have been very anxious to try out and work with. The product is called “Metallic Lustre” and it is a water-based, metallic wax that you apply with a soft cloth or sponge and buff off.

It comes in six amazing colors and they look really awesome.

I had heard about this product almost a year ago, as I am in the DecoArt Helping Artist program, and it really intrigued me. With all the woodworking and painting that I do, I am always on the look out for new products and finishes that add some interest. I love the fact that all of DecoArt products are water based and don’t have a strong odor and are non-toxic. I truly hate working with finishes that are stinky and harsh.

In first looking at the metallic wax, I was really excited. I opened each of the jars and what was inside looked just like a beautiful metallic frosting. I couldn’t help but start to play with it a little. Since it is a ‘paste wax’ it is pretty thick. You only need a little to rub into whatever you are working on. You apply it with a cloth or a sponge and then buff off the excess, leaving a shimmer of metallic color. Of course, when I first tried it, I put it on a little thick. I used one of the discarded angels that I had laying around here just to see what it would look like. After buffing it though, it really looked cool. I did have to run a pin along the veining lines of the angel, as I got some of the wax in the cracks there, but it only took a minute and it looked pretty amazing.

I only tried the copper and the bright gold, but I can see using all the colors in future projects. I have some ideas already! :)

I could have spent hours playing with it and trying it out on so many different things. I found a scrolled sled runner left over from my ornaments that I created last year and again, it looked really, really cool. I think I am going to love this product!

I promise that I will do an in-depth blog or tutorial on using it, as soon as I figure things out myself. It will take a little time to get to know the product and the limitations and applications, and I want to fully understand the process before I lead you all down the wrong path.

If you want to read more about it, the product link it here:

http://www.decoart.com/cgi-bin/Products.cgi?DecoArt_Metallic_Lustre

I am sure you will hear more about it from me in the future.

Today and the next couple of days will be spent writing instructions for these projects. I have all the information, but I need to organize it and get it to all the respective magazines in the next day or so. Then I will be working on some new things that I wanted to do that I will be able to share with you all immediately. No more ‘teasing!’ (For a little while, anyway!)

I hope you all have a great day today! Thank you all again for your nice comments on these projects. It is nice to have such a great cheering section!

Happy Tuesday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 02:48 PM

Six entries is very impressive Sheila!

Lee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 03:02 PM

Thanks, Lee. I think that is a new record for us! Last year I think we had four and I thought we were doing well then. I almost decided not to do the angel project, but my editor wanted it. I hope that nothing gets “bumped” to the following issue. (Fingers crossed!) if the issue is overbooked. ;)

Have a good day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 01:10 AM

Ohh, I can see some more kool stuff in the future.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Celticscroller

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 04:42 AM

Those look like really interesting colours. Love the copper one. They might just have to be added to my paint inventory along with the Glamour Dust.
It was a beautiful day here and I managed to get the whole afternoon and evening out in the workshop. Love it!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 09:41 AM

Yes, they are awesome, Anna. One thing I am thinking of using them on is to rub it on some pretty fretwork sled or skate runners to make them look metal. They will look really nice with frames too, and used with the MUD product that I made the flowers with. Lots of fun things to do with it. :)

Glad your weather is nice. Today is already beautiful and sunny. It will be a good day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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