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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1679: Details, Details

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-12-2016 01:35 PM 842 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love my job. There is always something new and exciting to work on, and it seems that I never run short of ideas for patterns for scrolling, painting and other types of creating. I think that the variety of mediums that I create in help keep me creative and always thinking of new things to make. It keeps me fresh. 



After the past week or so of cutting over 50 dozen simple shaped ornaments, I was ready for something a little different. With the Valentine's Day holiday quickly approaching, I decided to make some fun and detailed pieces for the scroll saw using hearts as the theme and decorating them with pretty Damask motifs. 



I just love Damask designs. The wide variety of beautiful flowing shapes works so well with scroll sawing, too. I am thrilled at the popularity of Damask these days and I think it lends a classic look to many types of decorating. It adapts so wonderfully to the scroll saw, too. While it looks quite intricate at times, it is also very forgiving for those who are perhaps new to cutting and small deviations from the designs are not really noticed. Because of this, it is fun and realxing to cut. 



Over the past couple of days I drew up some new heart designs with some Damask cutting. Not only can these pretty pieces be used for Valentine's day, but they are also appropriate for any romantic occasion, such as a wedding, anniversary, or just in a romantic themed setting. I think they are timeless and can be appreciated all year round. 



The first piece I did was a Damask candle tray with hearts. I chose a pretty piece of aspen wood that I had here which was planed to 1/2" thick. I liked the creamy look of the aspen, and I felt for this design that I didn't want the grain very pronounced, as I thought it would interfere in the design. The results were very pretty:



While the cutting was somewhat detailed, I found using a small blade and a light hand worked fine. The aspen was nearly as soft as pine to cut, and it could probably be mistaken for poplar, but the 1/2" thickness of the wood gave it the strength necessary to hold the design. I was very happy with it.  



I haven't decided how to finish it yet, as what you see here is raw wood. I may spray it with lacquer and then photograph it for our site and catalog, but I may also add some of DecoArt's Metallic Lustre wax over it to give it a different look. They have a new color called Rose Gold which is absolutely beautiful, and may be the perfect finish for it. We will have to see . . . 



I also created a new set of six pretty Damask embellished ornaments:



What you see here is half of them. I stack cut two layers for this set, which will also allow me to finish them in a couple of different ways. The pieces with the deeper grain are cut of  3/16" ash hardwood. I believe I will leave those pieces in their natural color, as the ash makes a beautiful piece.  The thinner pieces (1/8") are destine for something else. I am still thinking about it though. I have a couple of ideas fighting in my head and I need to decide which way to take them. What are are seeing is only half the set, as I need to cut the other half today. These were fun and relaxing for me to do, and it felt good to slow down a bit and enjoy the process. 



I hope to finish up the cutting process today, as well as begin the finishing process. I also need to work on some other heart shaped ornaments that I am going to paint. I showed you those the other day (they had the beveled circles in the center). 



So much to do!  



It is all fun though and makes life interesting. I hope to show you more photos tomorrow of some of the finished pieces. 



Until then, have a wonderful Tuesday! :) 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Roger

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 02:18 PM

Your wares always impress my eyes.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 02:20 PM

Thank you, Roger. I like this type of scrolling. I appreciate your nice comments always. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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kepy

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 02:34 PM

I really like the candle tray as it has such an airy feel with the outer band. I also really like aspen as I use it quite a bit and the light color works so many ways.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 02:38 PM

Yes, Kepy. I don’t use it often because it is more difficult to come by here in Nova Scotia. I used to get it at Menard’s in the States when I lived there. It is nice because of the even grain and light color. It is a bit more fragile than maple or the other hardwood though. When I cut the large sections of the tray, I left the waste pieces in place for support ‘just in case’ when I cut. I found that those thin bands were bending ever so slightly as I spun the tray on the table to make those final cuts. It would be just like me to push too hard and snap one! But I had the presence of mind to use caution and it came out nice. :)

Thank you for your kind words.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 05:55 PM

Damask is one of my favourite designs to cut. I love the lines and the versatility of the patterns. The candle tray is beautiful. I’m hoping for an early Spring this year to get back out to he workshop again. :)

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 02:08 AM

So far we haven’t had “winter” yet. I was just saying to Keith I hope we don’t get it in late March! :) I hope you get in the shop early as well. :) Thank you for the kind comments, Anna. I love cutting these!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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