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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1079: Now We're Ready to Dance!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-11-2013 11:39 AM 1430 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1078: Making a Video (Or at least trying to do so!) Part 1079 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1080: Skeleton Finishing Technique Video is Posted »

OK. So I lied. I don’t have the video ready for you all today. I got involved in finishing things up and once again, I just ran out of time. By the time everything was done, it was after 9pm and not the time to start editing (I am not a great video editor and need all of my faculties in order to do so! 9pm after a long day just wasn’t the time to start!)

However . . .

I DID get all of my eight skeletons FINISHED and they are all jointed and ready to play with! And they really came out COOL (I think!) and I hope you all agree!

I started out by going to the store to get some maybe 1/2” or so jump rings. You know what those are – the little rings that they use for jewelry. I thought that would be the easiest and neatest way to connect these little guys and girls together.

So . . .

I get to the store near me and yes, they have them. But I look in the package and they want $2.69 for a package of TWO RINGS!!! (YIKES!!!) Since I needed 8 DOZEN of them for these eight fun creatures, it was simply out of the question!

On to “Plan B” . . .

I had some silver wire at home, but I thought it would be neater and easier to connect the joints using the links from some silver chain that they had there. That way most of the shaping would be done already and things would look nice and uniform. The chain wasn’t cheap either though ($9.95 per meter) and I figured by the size of the links I would need about 2.25 meters to complete all eight skeletons. So I went with that and wound up paying just over $25 for the chain.

When I got home, I was excited to see how this would work. I got my wire cutters and pliers and went to work on them. Much to my dismay, in order for the links to work properly, they had to be straightened and reshaped any way. Since the chain was cut to size, there was no taking it back for a refund, so I forged ahead using it.

The important thing is that it DID work nicely, but my thoughts were that I could have simply used the roll of 18 gauge silver wire that I had sitting on my shelf – and saved myself the extra $25. I suppose that was the price of the lesson that I learned for the day. I used the chain links on seven of the eight skeletons, but just for my own peace of mind (as I am going to recommend the 18 gauge wire in the instructions) I used the wire on the final pieces, and it worked perfectly. It was even faster because I didn’t have to straighten it out before bending it into shape as I did with the links. Another valuable lesson learned! (I get smarter every day!)

What counts though, is the final outcome. Are you ready??? Here are pictures of the group . . .

TA DA!!!!

May I present – “The Neutral Colored Skeletons!”

These guys and girls are 24” tall! They are made of neutral colors (Grey, Brown, Rust and Black) and I used the corresponding colors of Metallic Lustre paste on them. You probably can’t see it in the pictures, but they have an amazing metallic shimmer in their corresponding colors. We are going for subtlety here folks – and I think that I have accomplished that!

Here’s a close up of “Ms. Silver and Mr. Brown.” You can see that they have wonderful sparkly bows on them! (You know I had to get some sparkles in there! I love the idea of add-on bows, and I would think that they will even look cool if I chose to make some RHINESTONE covered bows! :)

These guys and girls just kind of hang loose, with all their limbs dangling! They would look great on a porch or hanging near a door way, where they can dance and sway in the wind! So many fun possibilities!!!

But . . .

I am not finished yet -

Next, we have the Neon group:

What I did for these guys and girls was add some Earth magnets to the backs of them so they could stick on anything metal (my refrigerator here) I showed the whole thing so that you can get an idea of their actual size, which is about 18” each.

These are great because you can pose them any way you like. They also have wonderfully sparkly bow ties and head bows. Here’s Mr. Green:

And Ms. Orange:

The neon group are all coated with Campaign colored Metallic Lustre wax. I loved the light and subtle shimmer that it gave the bones without filling in the cracks of the crackle. This, in addition to leaving the backs and sides of the pieces the base coat bright neon color allows the base colors to show through with a suggestion of color, while unifying the four pieces by using the same top crackle coat (off white) and shimmer. They look like they just go together nicely!

They are loads of fun to play with and pose! and since the limbs are loose, they can be folded up gently for storage. Now of course, if one doesn’t want to joint them this way, they can always simply glue the pieces together. But I find this much more fun and dynamic.

Today’s goal is to first of all edit and post that video. It should be here for you all to see tomorrow, although as I say – it isn’t one of my academy award winning efforts. It does however teach the process, and that is what is important. I also need to write the instructions for this project, and unfortunately for me pack them up for their journey to New Jersey to be photographed for the magazine. After spending the last several days working on them, it is hard to let them go and send them on their way. I know that is part of the plan, but sometimes when I make things I just like to enjoy them for a little while before sending them off.

But they will meet up with my crow pulling the cart and then eventually they will all come back home to me here. It will be like Christmas having them back! :)

I hope you enjoy seeing these pieces. I also hope that they put a little smile on your face. I wanted them fun and enjoyable to make and I think I succeeded in that department. They were just as much fun to make as they are to look at! (The cats seem to enjoy them too!)

Did I go overboard here? I don’t think so! If someone wanted a plain skeleton, what would they need me for? I think that offering options is something that I need to do and enjoy doing very much. Anyone can easily use just part of the instructions that I am going to provide and take these pieces as far as they want. Perhaps they just want them in neon colors. Or just simply painted white. That is OK too – because what is important to me is that everyone does something that will make THEMSELVES happy! I am just offering some suggestions that they can follow or not. I am sure that many of you have your own ideas, too!

It is all about being creative and all about fun. We only have one lifetime to enjoy ourselves and I think being creative is one of the best ways to do so. I hope you agree!

I wish you all an incredible day today. I hope you have fun and find ways to make yourself and others smile. You will be amazed at how great it will make you feel!

Happy Thursday

-- 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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#1 posted 07-11-2013 11:47 AM

Very kool Sheila. Bone dancing could be the next big thing..”moves like jagger”......... lol

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 11:50 AM

Thanks, Roger! (About as skinny as Jagger, too! LOL!)

Some days I have too much fun! Even Keith was smiling when he saw them! (Oh – how he doubts me sometimes!)

They look really cool in person too. Much better than the pics. :)

Have a great 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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#3 posted 07-11-2013 12:53 PM

Good morning Sheila, And you have another hit on your hands. Those Skeletons are great. Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing the results with us.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 01:00 PM

I am glad you like them Rick! As usual – it starts small and ‘grows’! LOL I have to keep telling myself “quality NOT quantity” when it comes to new designs. There was no way I could make only one. They are much more fun in groups, I think. I hope you agree! :)

Thanks for all your continued support and “likes” on my Facebook pages and such. It helps word get around and I appreciate that very much!

Take care and have a wonderful 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 01:19 PM

Your work is amazing, Sheila.

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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#6 posted 07-11-2013 02:12 PM

Thank you Lee! I hope they made you smile! :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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#7 posted 07-11-2013 02:54 PM

Sheila, these turned out great! Love the glow of the neon reflecting off the white metal of the fridge. Wonder what it would look like on black? Hmmm How are the head bones connected to the

neck bones? (Yes, I sang that in my head. Admit it, you did too) (See what you started Roger!) LOL

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 03:09 PM

Thank you CFrye!
I decided to glue the head to the neck and the pelvis to the rib cage, although there is certainly no reason you can’t joint them in as you did the limbs. I just thought it would give them a bit more stability being solid at the core of each piece. It is just my own preference though, and as I said – can be done either way.

I was actually humming that tune to myself during much of the project! Now how am I going to get it out of my head??? :)

It will look equally stunning on black, as the sides are painted in the neon colors as well as under the cracks. This is one reason why I don’t like painting the sides with the crackle color – besides the fact that it would be a LOT of extra work – I don’t think it would look as nice. What would even be cool would be to brush a layer or two of Glow In The Dark paint over them! I am going to put that in the instructions, even though I didn’t mention it here. I was afraid I was overwhelming people with options! ;)



DecoArt Glow In the Dark Medium

The fun just doesn’t end! :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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#9 posted 07-11-2013 03:24 PM

Sheila but I’m sure the final Film will be very Glitzy
Skeleton Oscars. :)
The last picture says it all, wonderfully happy

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 07-11-2013 03:32 PM

Thanks, Jamie! I appreciate your confidence in me! ;)

The video is being uploaded as we speak. It is not very long, and to the point (unlike some of my posts here!) and I do think it will give an idea of how to apply both the Weathered Wood Crackle as well as the Metallic Lustre wax for this instance. It wasn’t too bad to edit, as I made a template last time I used my editing software so it helped move things along faster.

See – I AM learning! lol

I wish you a great day! Cloudy and rainy here though. :/ But that is OK. My skeletons and I are all happy here inside. :)

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 07-11-2013 03:36 PM

Imagining glow in the dark skeletons with marionette strings and a video camera and…
You are right, the fun DOESN’t end!!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 07-11-2013 04:51 PM

Love it!

-- Nancy Antley

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#13 posted 07-11-2013 11:35 PM

These are too cute! I love them! And I love the way you have painted them. The Metallic Lustre is very subtle but very effective. But no rhinestones??LOL! Actually I think the rhinestones may have been a bit too much. I like the glitter on the bowties. Looking forward to watching the video later on.
Enjoy your evening Sheila. Sunny and warm here.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 07-12-2013 10:29 AM

Thank you again everyone!

Yes, Anna – It was with much restraint that I didn’t use rhinestones on these pieces. I still think that they would look nice on the bow ties, though. But I didn’t want to overwhelm people. Since the skeletons already took several layers to create, I thought it may be just a little too much to keep adding on. Although I think it would look cool!

Thank you for your comments, and also for the pictures you sent me. I am going to show one in the blog to show others what you did with the Metallic Lustres. It is good to hear how others use them too. :)

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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