Monarch on a Flower

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Project by Redoak49 posted 10-17-2017 08:11 PM 1373 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several weeks ago, the last of the Monarch Butterflies started their journey south to Mexico and the last one left my area. I really like them and have planted Milkweed and many other flowers to attract them. Since they are gone, I decided that I needed to make my own Monarch on a Flower for winter months.

The pattern for the Monarch came from Steve Good’s Scrollsaw website. I used the pattern to cut out two wings from 1/8” Baltic Birch Plywood and painted black. Now, I just needed to put the orange color in the wings. I thought about doing an orange wood inlay but with the number of parts and the small size knew it would be very difficult for me. I finally decided on filling the holes in the wings with epoxy dyed orange.

The body for the Monarch was a small piece of walnut turned on the lathe. Small holes were drilled in the edge of the wings and the body and then epoxied together.

The flower was made using the process I found in a couple of blogs here on LJ. I used a piece of straight grain 2×4 for the shavings, sharpened the blade on my LN 4-1/2 and worked at making the shaving curls which were 1-1/2” across and about 10” long. The shavings are fairly thick and it was difficult to work with them and straighten them out. A damp rag was used to dampen the curls and then clamped them between two boards with paper towels to flatten them. The flower and leaves were made from the shavings.

The base for the Flower and Monarch is Red Oak and made so that an Acrylic 5 sided box would fit over it.

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#1 posted 10-17-2017 08:30 PM

Sweet project! I love it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-17-2017 10:12 PM

Very beautiful work!
2 weeks ago I released my last Monarch, they are amazing.

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#3 posted 10-17-2017 10:22 PM

That is a real pretty piece!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 10-18-2017 12:26 AM

Turned out very nice!



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#5 posted 10-18-2017 02:32 AM

That’s really beautiful!

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#6 posted 10-18-2017 04:13 AM

It is indeed a lovely piece and a fair amount of work.
I have to copy that flower making process as I used deodar cedar cones.
Did you know that the Monarch butterfly population is in rapid decline?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 10-18-2017 01:54 PM

This is a real nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 10-18-2017 04:57 PM


Nice Job!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#9 posted 10-18-2017 05:40 PM

Really a beautifully done piece. Looks great!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 10-18-2017 06:15 PM

Holy Cats! Super cool! Are you going to make a milkweed plant or seedpod next for the monarch to sit on? :)

-- Pete

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#11 posted 10-19-2017 06:47 PM

Very nice. I love this inspiring flower.


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#12 posted 10-20-2017 12:06 AM

Nicely done! I’ll have to remember that shaving trick.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 10-22-2017 03:06 AM

Beautiful project Red Oak!

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#14 posted 10-22-2017 03:16 AM

excellent work …looks very delicate …GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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