Birth Announcement Plate

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Project by cmckerliesr posted 10-11-2010 04:42 PM 2071 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Birth Announcement Plate
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Well a friend recently had baby girl and I wanted to do something special. I looked and looked and could not find what I wanted.
I knew I wanted to do a wooden plate, and debated on whether or not to turn one myself. I finally decided, that due to time I would buy a pre-made plate. Again due to time, I went to a local Michael’s to buy the plate. I have not been doing a lot of scroll saw work but hey, I put the money out of the thing so I may as well do something I have come to enjoy.
I was not able to find a pattern, so I asked Steve Good from Scrollsaw Workshop if he knew where I could get a pattern of a stork carrying a baby. He graciously sent me the exact pattern I was looking for. I then, used Adobe’s Illustrator to lay out the text. Using the font Stencil Bold I put the text on a 9.5 inch circular path. I do not remember the exact size but I maxed it out on my computer, which I think was 18 pts. To get the text to flow the way I wanted it to, I had to create 2 layers in Illustrator. The first layer had the text attached to the path and allowed the text of the name to flow as you see. The second had another circular path that was about 10 inches and the text was attached to flow in the interior of the path so that it would lay out properly. It took a lot of playing around to get the two paths to print properly and allow me to place them on the plate. I had also created a circle that was visible which was over lapped over the edge of the interior lip of the plate. (Sorry for not taking pictures of this process). Let me see if this makes this all clearer.
1. Created visible circle that formed the interior lip or ring of the plate.
2. Created a 9.5 inch diameter circle which was not visible, this circle in the file was just below the visible circle and just slightly larger then the visible circle.
3. I use the Stencil Bold Font and attached it to the invisible circle, telling it to flow around the outside of the circle.
4. I created another layer, and inserted another invisible circle, that was about 10 inches in diameter.
5. I attached the birth date text to the interior of this circle so it would flow in the opposite direction.
6. I then took the patter from Steve Good, and scaled it to fit inside the inner diameter of the plate.

I cut out the first plate, with the stork and baby being shown, and removing all the wood around it. I did not like this and there were too many weak points, which of course just by handling it, I broke it. After reversing the stork and baby part of the pattern, it took me two more tries to complete the place without breaking it. the small piece between the storks head and that which forms the top foot of the babies foot, kept breaking, way to easily.

Finally, I cut out all the text, sanded the interior of the text, applied tongue oil to the plate and then cut out the stork and baby. I then sat the plate aside, and went back to the printer to create a 10 inch circle and printed two copies. Of course since I only have 8.5 X 11 inch paper, I cut one of the pages apart and pasted it to the other page to form a complete circle. I used this to create a cardboard circle or pattern. Which in turn I used to cut out a circle out of 1/8th inch plywood. I then painted the circle pink.

Next, I applied glue to a few spots on the back of the plate and pressed the plywood circle onto the back of the plate. I did not like the way it sat on the back of the plate, so I drilled a few pilot holes in the plywood and into the certain parts of the plate. I then used several small screws to secure the plywood in place.

Well I hope I did not confuse what I did and that I was clear in the process.

Warmest Regards!
The man in the can.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 06:31 PM

What a wonderful gift! This is so creative! I had one of these event plates in hand engraved in pewter given to me for my first marriage….......Let’s just say the good thing about a birth announcement plate is that since you can’t divorce your kids the birth plate, unlike the wedding plate never becomes “outdated.” ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 12:21 PM

Thank you rivergirl.
It took me several tries to come up with this one. I originally thought, well someone surely has done this before and looked high and low for a pattern. After I was unable to find one, I just did my best. Some parts were a lot of trail and error. I used an old plate pattern book I have to help determine how to layout the text. The first few attempts were not pretty.
BTW….I looked at some of you projects. Nice work! Especially with the limited work shop you describe. Keep up the good work!. But at least you are working in a garage, I am working in a large metal can! LOL.
Thanks again!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 05:13 AM

Excellent gift & great work Craig.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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