sea shells by the sea shore

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 08-27-2020 05:14 PM 540 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not been here in a while but have something I am proud it turned out to suit me. I bought this drawing from Cynthia Caldwell who sells her drawings for people to use their crayons on, at the site called Etsy.. Just looking at the picture for a while I could see where color didn’t matter for the ocean is full of some wild colored things unbelievably beautiful. But when I started turning her picture in to a piece of maple wood I realized coming up with all those lines nature provides these critters I am not that good of an artist to reproduce all those straight lines that are, in nature perfectly spaced…So wow I did get to a point where the deep well I had fallen into seemed to be closing in much too fast… Maybe if I show enough pictures of some of my steps some of you folks will try something different than what you are use to doing and then show me ho to draw all theses straight lines without all the little wiggles I made..

I’ll try to answer any questions if interested..I used clear lacquer for the top coat.


-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 08-27-2020 05:17 PM

Stunning work!
And, for me, the “little wiggles” make it even more natural and organic.
Beautiful piece and your choice of colors is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-27-2020 06:50 PM

More,please. You do wonderful work.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-27-2020 07:32 PM

Amazing idea! Show me more!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 08-27-2020 08:14 PM

The creator af a piece is always the harshest critic.

Looks flawless to me!

Absolutley beautiful!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 08-27-2020 09:43 PM

WOW Somebody spent a ton of time standing in front of a scroll saw!

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Jess Littlefield

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#6 posted 08-27-2020 11:47 PM

stevejack the number one tool in my shop is the scroll saw.. Anymore, all my projects starts with the scroll saw so in my mind standing and sawing is a no no.
I built the table special height the saw sits on which is 20 inches high and use a very comfortable office chair on wheels so I can go back and forth without ever getting up..The saw is not bolted down so if I am sawing something long I can slide the saw back and forth to create the extra room needed to continue sawing. I guess I have about 75 years of wood working for my folks bought me a saw like the scroll saw right after world war II ended. In 2016 I decided I wanted to try carving wood only at my age holding the knives my knuckles decided that was not a good idea so I bought a couple of Dremels and some good bits and am having a ball and enjoying every minute I spend in the shop.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#7 posted 08-28-2020 12:19 AM

Nice job, I like this one

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#8 posted 08-28-2020 12:49 AM

That is truly beautiful!

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

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#9 posted 08-28-2020 02:10 AM

This is one of the coolest pieces I’ve seen here in quite some time. Very imaginative and good use of the woods. I sure hope you’re not thinking a perfectly straight line is needed to give your work value. I’d say you knocked this one out of the ballpark. It’s a joy to see and its inspiring to me and I’m sure to virtually everyone who sees it. Congratulations!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 08-28-2020 06:43 AM

That’s a lot of detail work there! I guess we can assume you have a lot of patience… Great Work!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#11 posted 08-28-2020 01:53 PM

You guys will have to give the lady that hangs out on Etsy all the credit for drawing up this picture which she sells for kids to color. Cynthia Caldwell is her name and I hope she draws more things that will inspire me to extend her thoughts in to my woodworking…......Thanks Cynthia

-- Jess Littlefield

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#12 posted 08-28-2020 01:54 PM

Very impressive work and so nice I had to show my better half and she said Wow that sure is beautiful!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 08-28-2020 02:27 PM

stevejack I have a picture of the paints from Michaels that might help you.. I bought 24 2 0z. bottles and I would start with a light color and when I run out of that color I would add a different color to what was left and keep going without cleaning the left over so actually the 24 colors could be turned in to many more shades but if a person was wanting the exact color on another project then do the normal thing. I do clean the glass bottle on the air brush with lacquer thinner and store it full of thinner and don’t forget to put a tooth pick in the little hole on top or all the thinner will be gone in a few days and for sure a person don’t want dried paint in the passage ways … I don’t have any idea as to my actual cost painting the sea shells but it sure ain’t much.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#14 posted 08-28-2020 03:05 PM

So neat.
I really enjoy that low-angle view.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#15 posted 08-28-2020 03:19 PM

Very beautiful work I’m amazed GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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