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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1075: "Electric" Skeletons - Work in Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-07-2013 10:34 AM 1346 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For the past several weeks I have been working on Christmas ornaments, now I need to finish some Halloween projects. Do you ever wonder why I don’t know what time of year it is?

I really don’t mind though, as I just seem to displace the holidays and celebrate any of them at any given time. It doesn’t bother me in the least.

The magazines work are funny that way. While I projects for the holiday issue were due several weeks ago, the issue following the holiday one will be focusing on autumn and Halloween. I suppose the scariest part of that is that I am actually beginning to understand why it happens that way. (EEEEk!)

The magazines are geared to people who make things as projects for certain holidays. Most of us can look at ourselves in the mirror and see someone who may at one time or another (cough! cough!) has procrastinated on doing projects for the upcoming holidays. (Me??? NEVER! wink wink!) Add to that the many craft shows that lots of us participate in and you can start to see the need for having these magazines come out with their patterns quite a bit earlier than the actual events.

After all – I think we would be pretty disappointed if say the Christmas ornament issue came out in at the first of December. How the heck would anyone have the time to complete the projects that they would like to do in that short of time frame? And at that busy time of year?

So having a Christmas holiday issue come out in August seems to make perfect sense. Doesn’t it? It gives people time to not only make things for the upcoming holidays, but also for the fall craft shows that so many crafters like to attend. And following that logic, it is perfectly understandable that Halloween projects would be presented in September. Which means that things have to get to the publisher in July.

It all is perfectly logical. ;)

With all that said, as you could probably figure out yesterday, I am working on a Halloween project for the magazine. I already have my Crow and Pumpkin Pull Toy project slated for that issue, and I have had the opportunity to do a Halloween project also.

I really wanted to do a project that involved a little more scroll sawing, so I decided to make a scroll sawn skeleton. That would have been cool enough, and people may wind up just cutting and assembling it in different varieties of wood and be done with it there.

But you know me . . .

I am one to think of a single project in many different ways. With all the wonderful (AND inexpensive!) products that I have access to from DecoArt – my head was (once again!) spinning with ideas. After all – anyone can make a skeleton, right? But I decided to put some “Sheila Landry Finesse” into the project and make it really FUN and special. And so far, I am thrilled with how it is coming out.

I actually cut 8 skeletons out – four of them being larger and four smaller ones. Of course people can make them any size they wish, but I wanted to be sure that the smaller pieces were possible to cut and I am happy to say they passed the test with flying colors.

Speaking of color . . .

Here is what I did with the first set (the smaller set) of skeletons:

These are painted solidly in DecoArt's Neon colors. They actually have six Neon colors, but you will see tomorrow why I chose these four.

I think they really came out amazing (so far!) and there is part of me that actually wants to leave them just like this. But I have other plans for them and this is just the beginning. ;)

It’s funny – Keith thought I was crazy for cutting out 8 full sets of skeletons, and now I wish I had more so I could leave these just as they are now. (OR – paint them with a coat of matching Neon Glamour Dust Fine Glitter Paint – which would bring it up another notch, or even some Glow In the Dark paint!)

But I have other plans for these little guys. And you will just have to wait and see!

I could have literally cut dozens of these fun little skeletons out and finished them all differently. While I understand that there are some who would just like them “plain” I like to take things further so that people can choose what they want to do with their own pieces. I look at it as a ‘smorgasbord of creating.’ I offer the options and people don’t have to choose everything, they can just choose what appeals to them and perhaps do their own twist on my ideas. That is what makes designing fun!

With that said, I have LOTS to do today to continue on with this project! I’ll give you another progress report tomorrow, and you will better be able to see what I am thinking. In the mean time, I hope you all enjoy your Sunday and have some fun today. I know I will have a great day again. The sun is shining and the weather here is just beautiful and it will be great fun to see these little guys finished up. Stay tuned.

Have a great day!

-- 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 07-07-2013 11:59 AM

Cool colors, Sheila. They look great.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 12:08 PM

Thanks, Lee! I am tempted to leave them that way! But you know me better than that! ;) I think they will even look “cooler” when they are done.

I hope you have a great Sunday! Enjoy your 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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Buckethead

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 12:29 PM

The crow and pumpkin pull to is quite charming. I don’t fancy myself as a scroller, just yet, but work done in that style is quite appealing to me. It’s lovely!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 12:32 PM

Thank you Buckethead! There is really little scrolling involved in that project. You could probably omit the checks on the cart (or paint them in with a stencil) and besides cutting the simple pieces, it is mostly shaping. You may want to give it a try! ;)

I loved making that project. One of the reasons I love the scroll saw is because it is so versatile and you can use it as part of so many types of projects.

Thank you for the kind words! :D

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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David

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 01:07 PM

Very nice work Sheila, look’s great…..

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 01:23 PM

Just adorable!

-- Nancy Antley

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 04:22 PM

I love the colours on the skeletons and I’m looking forward to seeing what else you will do with them. They would make a cute halloween wreath.
Another beautiful summers day here.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-07-2013 11:33 PM

Thank you all! Another day is done and I made good progress, but I didn’t finish what I wanted to finish. I never do though so I am not surprised. But tomorrow is another day and I will have lots to do and I am pleased so far with the results. Thanks for stopping by. Anna – it was a beautiful day here too. I am glad you had a nice weekend. :)

See you tomorrow! :) 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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CFrye

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#9 posted 07-08-2013 02:32 PM

Looking forward to see what you do with the bones Sheila (glow-in-the-dark sounds so cool!) they are already wonderful. It looks like the paint would get in the kerf and clog it up. How did you deal with that? I like how you flipped some over to make them look different. Do you stack cut them? Are the pumpkins intarsia or carved, and do they look the same on the back? Sorry for the interrogation. I am a new scroller/woodworker.

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 07-08-2013 02:59 PM

I did have a great solution for when the paint gets in the kerf lines . . .

- Dental floss!

Actually Keith thought of it, but I did “floss” my pink skeleton’s features (including his teeth!) and it worked perfectly! I was thinking of doing a quick video showing both the crackle painting process on these small pieces and including the flossing. I am going to try to do it today.

I do stack cut them and so it not only goes quickly but also gives more control and makes them easier to cut.

The pumpkins are segmented and then shaped with a Dremel, and yes – they are finished the same on both sides so they look great on a table or in a window. :)

I never mind the questions! You can always ask away and I will be happy to answer as soon as I have time. I am glad you like the projects! :D

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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CFrye

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#11 posted 07-08-2013 05:17 PM

A video would be great! I had wondered if floss would work. :-) How does stacking give move control? More mass? How many at a time or up to what thickness? Thanks for the answers. I have learned so much since joining this group!

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 07-09-2013 10:30 AM

Hi again CFrye:
Stack cutting offers more resistance when cutting. If you are cutting only one layer of 1/8” wood, even with a very small blade, you go through so easily (like a hot knife through butter) that it is sometimes more difficult to control your cuts. Adding one or more layers of wood is a great solution to the problem – especially if you need several copies of what you are cutting. My partner Keith did an article on this and it is on our site:

http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/articles/stack-cutting

We have lots of helpful articles and videos available on the site to help you out. :)

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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