Scroll Sawn Panel Portraits

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Project by Izzy68 posted 08-22-2014 05:21 PM 1898 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I carved these with my scroll saw for my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. Unfortunately, when I mounted them on a backing, the details were largely lost since the light couldn’t shine through. Sooo… I’m going to have to re-cut them and mount on a mirrored backing… maybe acrylic mirror, maybe glass… or else mount them raised in a display box with lighting coming from behind. Any other ideas to be able to display these in th ebest possible way would be welcome?


-- Jimmy

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 08:01 PM

Very nice scroll work.

Why not try a rice paper and glass background. I have done a few that way and liked the results.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 08:04 PM

That’s a great idea. Thanks, gerry!

-- Jimmy

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 08:05 PM

Or frosted glass, and put them on a window sill? Sort of like the backlight/light box idea

Also, nice work on them both

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 08:17 PM

That’s attractive, too, Mos. Thanks.

-- Jimmy

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#5 posted 08-22-2014 11:33 PM

Wow those are great!I had to look really close to see that they are against a window!I thought you had inlaid a white veneer!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 12:54 AM

They are great. I have done some like this and used colored Plexiglases

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#7 posted 08-24-2014 10:57 PM

Nice work.
Put a mirror behind them and hang them at eye level so who ever looks at them ,looks like your parents.
(I may be missing something here, are they your parents or…....?)

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 01:52 AM

Good job Izzy68, portraits aren’t easy to do and get it right. I spend more time working on the patterns than I do cutting them out. I thing the rice paper is a good idea for the work that you’ve already done. What do you think about reversing the pattern and cut out the shadows, use lighter wood and use black as the backer board? Just a thought, that’s what I did. Here is my first granddaughter and my dog.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 02:24 PM

Thanks, Troy. I thought about going that direction, but I really liked them with the light from behind. Im going to re-cut them and use mirror behind… even though I’m not sure anyone looking at it at eye level will have the experience of actually looking like my parents (lizard)! Beautiful work on your grand daughter and dog. And I love the mattes and framing, too. I have trouble with the pattern generation and it seems like it’s hit or miss sometimes. I had my dog done as a pattern by a pumpkin carver as a first attempt at anything (before I got the scroll saw or any wood working equipment), so I carved him on a foam pumpkin… it’s too much work to see go moldy and deteriorate after a few days.

-- Jimmy

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