OK. Only two. But you are here reading so I got your attention.
Today will I will show you the final photos of the scroll sawn version of my "Nevermore" plaque. I finished it up yesterday, and it is heading out to New Jersey this morning to be published in the November issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, which will come out in September. That will give those of you who want to make it plenty of time.
I am pleased with how it came out, but I still couldn't quite decide on whether the ebony raven was better than making a birch one and using stain on it. So (as usual) I decided to offer BOTH and let my editors figure out which one would look best. I think they are going to show both as well, and it will depend on how things photograph.
Black things are very tricky to photograph. Even with excellent lighting, it is very difficult to get the proper detail. This is especially true when the black item is placed in a multi-colored background, as with this plaque. Add to it the shadows of the dimensional branches and it really can be tough. I did manage to get some nice lighting this morning just as the sun was coming up. It was a time when it was light enough out for my camera to capture the pieces, yet not so bright as to cast additional shadows. I think it is the best I will do with the equipment that I have.
First I wanted to show you the two ravens side by side:
As you can see, I added some 3mm red rhinestones for the eye. I think this made a huge difference in the wooden version and I really liked the result. If ever there was a time to add a rhinestone, this would have been it.
I took photos of the plaque with the ebony as well as the stained birch raven and I can't really decide which I like better.
The ebony bird looked more like a silhouette in the photo, although in person, you could see the details – albeit they are very subtle:
The stained birch raven also looked good, with the lighter shade of black allowing the wood grain to show through – looking like the feather pattern:
It really was hard for me to choose. I suppose it will be a matter of personal choice as well as the availability of materials.
I suppose with the high cost of the ebony, the stained birch is a very nice alternative. That is why I wanted to present both versions. I don't think it is really worth it to chase all over looking for a suitable piece of wood if you don't have to do so. That is just my thoughts on it.
I have a very busy day today, as I am writing the instructions for this project as well as for the painted Damask Ornaments that I showed you all last week. We are planning to get the site updated either tonight or tomorrow and then we want to take a couple of days to escape to Prince Edward Island for a small vacation for a couple of days. We are watching the weather and hoping that it will be nice.
Thank you all who have been commenting on this project and sending me notes on it. It really makes me feel good when I see so much interesting in something that I created. I hope everyone enjoys making it as well.
After a dreary, humid and rainy day yesterday, it seems much cooler and a bit my sunny today. The trees, flowers and plants are all happy and so am I.
I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday. Have fun and enjoy your day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"