Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hummingbird Art Scroll Saw Pattern.

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This hummingbird art is 8" X 10". It includes an optional backer board that is painted red in the simulated image above. You could also use a solid backer board or frame the art with paper backer.

Hummingbird Facts
They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species, and they typically travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backward.

Hummingbirds have no sense of smell. While they can’t sniff out feeders, they do have good color vision. Some birds like the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prefer orange or red flowers. Despite this, red dye should not be used in nectar as it could harm the birds. Instead, plant naturally red or orange flowers or use feeders that have red coloring in their structure.

The average weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel.

Their tiny legs are only used for perching and moving sideways while perched. They can’t walk or hop.

Hummingbirds drink the nectar found in feeders by moving their tongue in and out about 13 times per second. They can consume up to double their body weight in a day.

The average number of eggs laid by female hummingbirds is only two. These eggs have been found in nests smaller than a half dollar and compare in size to a jellybean or a coffee bean. Some species, like the Black-chinned Hummingbird, make their nests with plant down, spider silk, and other natural resources that can expand as their babies grow after hatching.

A flock of hummingbirds can be referred to as a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune.

There are over 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America. Common species in the U.S. include:

Rufous Hummingbird – these birds are found along the western half of the U.S. ranging from Alaska all the way south to Mexico depending on the season and their migration. Their orange color can be spotted in flowers and at backyard feeders, but only for a short time as this bird is usually on the move.

Anna’s Hummingbird – typically found along the western coast of the U.S. These birds are easy to attract to backyards with nectar or by looking in spring blossoming trees and flowers.

Calliope Hummingbird – there are bright magenta feathers on this little bird. They can be found across the western half of the U.S. into both Canada and Mexico. This is the smallest known bird in the U.S. with a weight similar to a ping pong ball.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird – found in the high mountain meadow areas, they are known for rose-magenta throats on the males.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – these green and red birds are found across the eastern half of the U.S. and ranging from Canada to Mexico during migration. This species is attracted to hummingbird feeders or tubular flowers.

Black-chinned Hummingbird – these small birds are known for their green, purple, and black colors. They often perch on bare branches as they travel along the western coast in the U.S. down to Mexico.

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Stack cutting my Personalized Christmas Ornament Patterns: You can save some time.

Many of you are cutting dozens of my Personalized Christmas Ornaments this year. It can take a lot of time to cut that many patterns even if you are a fast cutter. There are a couple of ways to speed the project up. 

You can stack cut the ornaments even if they have different names on them. We just stack cut everything except the name then separate the wood and cut the names individually. Depending on how fast you can cut this method can save as much as 50% of your time.

I am going to show you two methods. The first method will look way too complicated in these pictures. It really is not. It only takes four or five minutes to prepare the stack. If you have someone else preparing the patterns while you cut then you get good time savings.

The second method is only two pictures below but can actually be a little more difficult if the pattern starts lifting while you cut. Let's take a look.

Method 1. Indexing pins.

 I print all the ornament patterns on the same place on the sheet of paper. If you line the paper up both ornaments will be on top of one another.

 Keeping the paper lined up cut out the two ornaments leaving a little extra space.

Cut you two pieces of wood the exact same size. We are only going to stack two but you could do more. It gets a little tricky after two. 

 Get a small nail and a hammer.

Stack both patterns on top of one of the wood blanks. Make sure you keep the patterns lined up. Use the nail to make three indexing marks through each pattern and the top of the wood. You just need a dent in the wood.

 At the drill press line up both wood blanks and drill the three indexing holes at the marks you created.

 Now you have the same holes in each board.

Push three nails through the back of one of the wood blanks. Spray the first pattern with glue and slide it carefully over the nails and on to the wood blank. 

Cover the second wood blank with blue tape. 

Now slide it over the indexing nails. 

 Apply the glue to the second pattern and slide it over the nails. Push the patterns down slowly over the nails so you don't wrinkle the patterns.

Wrap the edges of the stack with the tape and remove the nails. 

Drill all of your interior holes except the name. 

Make all your interior cuts in the stack. 

Now we can cut the exterior cut and separate the two ornaments.

We now have the ornaments cut except for the names. They are perfectly lined up if you were careful. If you look very carefully at the bottom ornament above you can see just a slive of whit on the left edge. That is a misalignment of less than a millimeter. That works.

 Drill the interior holes for the name.

 Cut the interior hols for the name of both patterns.

When I design the patterns I make sure the text does not touch at the top. This greatly cuts down on the number of interior cuts for the names.  

 Both ornaments are now ready to sand and finish.

Okay, you are thinking that was way too much trouble. I know it looks that way. In reality, it only takes a short amount of time to prepare the pattern. If you are normally a slow cutter then the time needed to prepare the stacks is more than made up for with the time savings. I prefer this method over the simpler looking method 2.

 For method 2 we print out two of each pattern. Cut all the interior cuts except the name. Ignore the picture above. Just pretend the name area is still solid.

Carefully cut out the name portion of the extra pattern and apply it with spray glue to the blank area on the wood. This method looks easier and it may take slightly less time but not as much as it looks.

You also have to be very careful to line the pattern up straight. If you get it crooked any at all it will be noticeable. If you use this method pay careful attention to this step. Get it straight.

Another issue with this method is pattern lifting. Because you are cutting so close to the edge of the paper it will tend to lift as you cut unless you get a good bond with the glue. If it does start lifting just get your finger in there very close to the blade and hold the paper down. 

If lifting does become a big problem then get some clear box tape and cover the ornament after you apply the pattern. 

There is a big difference in cutting fifty of these ornaments and stack cutting 25 plus a few extra cuts for the letters. 

If you have only ordered five of these ornament pattern then this is probably not worth the effort. Once you get to ten then the time starts to add up.

If you are interested in making these Personalized Christmas ornaments then you can order your patterns below.

Personalized Christmas Ornament Patterns:

I am still making good progress on ornament patterns. I should be able to get caught up today. If you have orders in the queue, keep your eye on your email inbox.

The price is $1 per name with a 5 name minimum. I keep the price as low as possible
because I want everyone to have a chance to make these ornaments for family and friends.

You only pay after you have received the order and are 
100% satisfied with the patterns. Invoice included with
the pattern email. Pay by credit card(secure Paypal), check, or cash.

The patterns will be emailed to you after they are completed.
Please allow up to a week for delivery. 

You can use last names on the ornaments if you like but remember that the more letters the more
difficult they are to cut. Ten letters and up gets pretty small. If you need to you can enlarge the patterns by 10% to make the interior cuts larger. No special characters are supported. I can get a hyphen in there but it looks odd. It has to connect the two letters so it does not just fall out.

Personalized Pet Christmas Ornaments Ready to Order:

Sorry I have been so slow getting these Personalized Pet Christmas Ornament patterns ready. The order form is now live. The patterns are $2 per name with no minimum. The order form will take up to five names. If you need more than that I just fill out a separate form.

The ornaments include the year but you can cut that part of the pattern off if you prefer them without the year.

When you cut the veining on the ornaments you can add a touch of glue to the back after the vein is cut. This helps add strength back if needed.

$12 per sheet of 12 coins plus $3.50 shipping
Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

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