Saturday, September 26, 2020

Simple Intarsia Christmas Bells Ornament Scroll Saw Pattern.

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Intarsia patterns do not get much simpler than this one. There are a total of four pieces to cut. The contact area of the pieces is pretty small so fitting the pieces is not too difficult. 

For the best fit, practice curring on the line and just outside the line. Remember that the blade removes some of the wood so you need to make up for that gap buy over and under, cutting. The pieces don't need to be a perfect fit but you want to avoid as much gap as possible. I find that a small blade helps. I used a #1 scroll reverse blade.

For those of you who may not be familiar with intarsia here is a short explanation. Different species/colors of wood are used to make up a design/picture. 

The pieces are cut so they fit together accurately. Different thicknesses of wood are used to give a sense of depth. Sometimes spacers are used under a piece to give it more depth. This pattern does not use spacers.

The color and grain patterns are used to enhance the form of the image. The parts are sanded to give a contour that matches the shape of the actual item. This pattern uses very little contouring but advanced patterns will look almost 3D. 

You can see in the photo above that I used the grain and color of the wood to my advantage. In a more advanced pattern, the ribbon would be broken up into more pieces and better use of grain direction would give even detail. I kept this pattern very simple. You could add more sanding or carving to the ribbon to give more definition to the parts of the ribbon if desired.

For added detail, you could also cut pieces to fit the stripes and stars on the bells. Make them stand just proud of the bells.

This photo shows all the parts cut and ready to test fit. If you don't have wood of the thicknesses that you need then lay a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface. Rub the parts over the sandpaper until you get the thickness you need. The parts are so small that this does not take much sanding. It is actually best to sand the front of the parts to thickness. This keeps the back flat for a better glue surface.

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I am ready to start taking Personalized Christmas Ornament Pattern orders.

I can do first or last names but remember that more than ten letters will be more difficult to cut.

The order form will take up to 20 names for people and 5 names for pets. If you need more than 20/5 then start a second order.

You will not pay until you have the patterns and are 100% happy with them. There will be an invoice sent with the patterns to your email. You will have the option to pay securely with a credit card or send a check to the included address.

I am shooting for a three-day turnaround but that may be difficult for a few days until I get all the kinks worked out. I'll do my best. You can set a bookmark for each of the order forms but I will post them almost every day until Christmas.

$1 per/name with a 5 name minimum.

$2 per/name no minimum. 

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