As the deep freeze continues to grip both Canada and much of the USA, we here in Nova Scotia have been very fortunate in that instead of bitter cold and snow, we are having rain. In looking at our weather service, it appears that although we are slightly below freezing today and may receive a small amount of snow, our temperatures will be nothing like the biting cold that much of North America has experience. In fact, yesterday was almost ‘balmy’ as it rained for most of the day, washing away most of the snow that was left here from the past weekends’ blizzard. We are starting fresh it seems.
It was a good opportunity to get some errands done as well. Keith and I made the rounds to the gym and to several stores and we had his mom come over for the day to visit. It was nice to have company after so many day of us being somewhat housebound. I like when she comes because it gives me a chance and to cook a good meal and have some good company. She brings her needlework and doesn’t mind that we do our own work here as we all visit. The cats really enjoy her as well, as they get extra attention and do their best to entertain. It is good for everyone.
While I didn’t finish assembling all the bunnies that I had painted and ready, I was able to put together one to show you today. I decided to begin with the unpainted oak bunny, as that was the one I wanted to take step by step photos of for the instructions for the magazine article. I am very pleased with how it came out though, and I can’t wait to finish putting the other four together today. I love when projects come together how they are supposed to.
I spoke with my editor from Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine yesterday and not only did she love the bunny toy replica idea for the project, but she also said she would love me to do an article on using the DecoArt Chalky Finish paint that I used on the box from yesterday’s post. I was really pleased to hear that because I think that there are many applications in the woodworking area for this product and I was happy that I had the foresight to take many photos along the way of the process of refinishing the box. I am still waiting for my hardware to rot for another day in the bleach/vinegar/salt concoction so hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to use it and re-install it on the box. I am pleased that everything seemed to fall into place nicely.
So without further babbling, here are pictures of the finished Summer Bunny Toy Replica . . .
The hardwood bunny is made of oak. While oak is not a great choice of wood for fretwork (because its open grain doesn’t hold up to delicate scrolling) it is a good choice for something like this. I love how beautiful the grain looks on this toy and the warm rich color it has. After cutting and sanding, I wiped down the pieces with mineral oil, and after allowing it to absorb into the piece a bit, I sprayed them with several coats of shellac. This is one of my favorite wood finishes, as it give a warm, rich look and brings out the grain of the wood nicely.
I decided to ‘dress up’ the bunny by adding some pretty scroll work on his neck. This is very similar to my bunny ornaments from last year (SLD420 Ten Fretwork Bunny Silhouette Ornaments) I think it really makes the toy look special and is not difficult to add in. I tied a simple organza ribbon on his neck, along with some freshwater pearl beads. This I felt gave the piece a beautiful summer-y look.
And finally, I created some simple carrots as additional props for the bunny. The carrots have jute tops to them and look really cool. I had had some green jute at some time, but I must have used it out. I think the green would have looked really nice as well. The wheels have a nice scalloped shape and heart cut outs, which I think adds to the romance of this project.
Overall, I am really happy with the results. I can’t wait to see the beautiful parade of colors when assembling the other bunnies. That is my main objective for today.
I have decided that each day I want to feature a pattern from our website. We are approaching (or may have already surpassed) 500 patterns on the site. While we try to keep things organized, we realize that people don’t always find all the patterns that they are seeking there. By digging into our archives and highlighting a pattern each day, I think it will show you all some nice designs that you may have missed. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
Today’s design will be the SLD420 Ten Fretwork Bunny Silhouette Scroll Saw Pattern.
This is a pattern for the scroll saw and shows several finishing options for the bunny silhouettes. As with all of our ornament patterns, you can use them for wreaths, garlands, magnets or even stand ups. They are a lot of fun to cut and decorate. They were the inspiration for this toy project.
I hope that you are all staying safe and warm. I talked to my daughter in Chicago yesterday and she said that it is indeed a dangerous situation. This morning I see that many of the commuter trains there are not running for a second day in a row due to frozen switches. While I love winter, I don’t love dangerous weather such as this. I hope you all take extra care to stay safe.
Thanks for all of your support and comments as well. I truly appreciate them even though some days like yesterday I didn’t have much time to answer right away. I am glad you enjoy the blog here and what I do.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
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