I will get right down to business this morning because I have a LOT that I want to accomplish today!
I pretty much finished up the new ornaments and today I need to write instructions for the pattern packet, as well as the ornaments that I showed earlier this week and the “Gloria” candle tray that was featured in the holiday issue of Scrollsaw Woodworks and Crafts magazine so I can get everything on the website and do the site update.
Here are pictures of the “Gloria” Candle tray:
I had made it so long ago (in May I think!) that I almost forgot about it! :)
I really liked how the SLD446 Petite Damask Ornament Set came out. I decided to do them in two sizes and show a couple of different finishing options. The first option is the (approximately) 2.5” diameter set, left in natural maple:
I liked them a lot, as they do show the beauty of the pretty maple. These are oiled and lacquered and have a nice, warm sheen to them.
But you all know me . . .
I decided to add some beautiful crystal rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada on them to add a little color:
I think this really dressed them up a bit. The rhinestones look beautiful catching the lights and give a subtle splash of color.
Finally, I decided to go all out and use a crackle finish, as well as rhinestones on the larger 3.25” set:
This as you see offers an entirely different look. Applying the crackle finish was really easy. I did it as I did my “America” and “O Canada” word art letter. The video showing that process is on my site on this page:
http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/painting-videos (It is the second video in the list)
I then float shaded around the outer edges using some beautiful shiny metallic paint by DecoArt (their Dazzling Metallics – available at http://www.decoart.com) and added in the rhinestones.
I wasn’t sure if I liked this at first, but after adding the stones, it really pulled things together and I think they look pretty nice:
I suppose it is all up to your personal taste. :)
These really are fun ornaments to make. There are only about 4-6 inside cuts in each piece on the average and with the flowing Damask designs, if someone slipped off the line a little bit, no one would be the wiser. Of course, the larger ornaments are a little easier to cut, but the small ones aren’t too bad either. Plus they can be stack cut so you can make a load of them pretty quickly. They would make wonderful ornaments for a small tree or wreath or really nice gift tags that would be a cute keepsake.
As I said – today I will be writing the instructions for these three projects and updated my site. Keith has some new projects as well and I plan to get a newsletter out which will announce everything by Monday. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for our newsletter if you want up to date information about all of our new projects and patterns. I know I show many of them here, but I don’t usually show all of Keith’s and he has some really awesome things as well.
With that said, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I hope you have time to do something fun and creative!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"