I had another busy day yesterday. I had to take my kitty Coco to the vet yesterday to get a little bump on her paw checked out. Fortunately, it turned out to be nothing and she is fine. I was kind of worried that she would have to go through surgery or something like that to get it removed, but the vet said it wasn't a concern. I am sure Coco was happy as well, but she still wasn't thrilled with the ride to the vet and back (about 45 minutes each way). She was just thrilled to be home again and in her familiar surroundings.
Funny how things like that could kill half the day. By the time I got to work, it was nearly 2pm.
But I did get things done and I was able to sand and finish my two ornament sets. I am pretty happy with the results. I decided to finish them with spray lacquer, because I love the warm finish that it offers. Many times I oil my ornaments first prior to applying the final finish. This helps to bring out the grain of the wood. But this time I wanted to see how they would look if I just applied the spray lacquer over them, and I must say, they look just about as nice. Eliminating the oiling step didn't seem to hurt the ornaments in any way. It actually made things go a bit faster, as I didn't need to wait overnight for the oil to absorb into the pieces.
In any case, following are photos of the results . . .
The first set of ornaments were done using cherry. I love the warm color cherry offers. They will darken a bit as they age, but I still think they came out really pretty:
The second set was cut from some curly maple and finished in the same manner, but this time I also added some beautiful crystal hot-fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada. I think they look absolutely stunning!
I wish you could see them in person! They are so beautiful. I took these pictures last night, but I am going to try one more set in the daylight to see if I could get better color on them. I love the hot-fix rhinestones because they are so fast and easy to apply, and there is no messy glue to deal with. You just put them in place, touch the heat wand to the tops and the glue on the flat side melts and adheres them into place. No oozing or mess or glue that can get on the stones to dull them. I absolutely love them!
I think that Rhinestone Canada is offering a special as well for free shipping on orders over $100. If you are considering getting some for your holiday projects, I think that it would be a great time to do so. You could make up a wonderful "starter kit" of many of the beautiful colors and sizes available. (I used 4mm stones here.) And Linda is so easy to work with and ships your order out immediately. It is a great company.
Today I need to package these little ornaments up and get them shipped out. I also want to finish writing my instructions on them as well as finish up some of the other projects that I have been showing. I am getting a little collection of UFO's (Unfinished Objects) hanging around here and I think I need to get them done.
I really appreciate your positive response on these ornaments yesterday. Even though I only showed the rough cut versions, you all were so encouraging.
I am making SEVERAL more sets along this line (with the Damask elements) that I will be able to have for immediate sale. I have some fun ideas that I think you will all like a lot.
So that will do it for today. I hope you all have a wonderfully productive and creative day.
Happy Wednesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"