Today’s blog will be quick and to the point. I awoke a bit early this morning and I am eager to get to work and (hopefully) finish up painting my little ballerinas.
I had many requests from my painters that follow me to make the ballerina scroll saw pattern into a painting pattern. While the thought of cutting many of these little girls for production was a little bit intimidating, I feel that I am up for the challenge and didn’t need very much persuasion. It would just take a little longer than usual for cutting production pieces because I would have to slow down on the delicate hands, but I felt up to the task and eager to see how they would look fully painted.
There would also be the issue of the hanger that I discussed in yesterday’s post. But I have had a lot of success with drilling into 1/8” birch in the past and with a little concentration it would all be fine.
I set up and cut out four sets of ballerinas. Things went well and without a hitch. I took my time and I was pleased with the outcome. I was even able to drill all 48 of them cleanly without any errors:
I used a 1/16” brad point drill bit and I was relaxed and patient and let the bit do the work. There wasn’t a lot of room for error, but it all worked out well. I expect in the process I may lose a piece from time to time, but I suppose that will just have to go with the territory. If anything, making several of these will sharpen my drilling skills.
I had some other cutting to do as well for an exchange that I am participating in, and I thought I would do that as long as I was at the saw. By the time everything was sanded and ready to paint, it was dinner time.
I did get some painting done after supper, and so far I am very pleased with the results.
Here are pictures of the first two ballerinas:
I kept the painting simple, and I think they are going to look beautiful. I plan on painting each of the 12 dancers in a different color scheme so people can mix or match them how they like. You can barely see, but they will all have DecoArt’s beautiful Glamour Dust paint to give them an lovely shimmer:
In person, it looks like she is coated with sugar and looks just stunning.
I am going to offer the pattern along with the pre-cut pieces for these dancers. They are about 5” tall and will also come pre-drilled and with the gold cord for hanging them, if desired. If they are not to be hung as ornaments, a little filler in the tiny hole will fix them up perfectly for magnets, to add on picture frames, or for any other application.
I hope that everyone likes them. I am going to close here because I can’t wait to get to them. I really do appreciate all the positive response I have had with them. You all know how to make my job even more fun!
Have a wonderful Sunday! :)
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