Victorian Skater Pond Scene #3: "Sonja"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-20-2010 01:37 PM 8841 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I am creating and writing down the instructions for the skating pond figures, I see the need to give the characters names. There are many ‘skating boys’ and ‘skating girls’ and I found that it will become quite confusing if I fail to name them individually. Numbering them would seem so impersonal for such a personal project.

Sonja is not modeled from anything in particular in the original set of figurines. Many of the characters that I am doing are not. There are also several characters in the original set that I chose not to recreate (such as many of the musicians). It isn’t that I didn’t care for these characters, but it seemed that for a skating pond set, there was a lack of actual skaters and I had to come up with some of my own. Right now I have a total of 25 figures and objects in the set and I thought that was quite enough. It doesn’t mean that at a later date though that I won’t choose to add in some additional figures.

Sonja is of course named after the Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie. That was the first name in figure skating that I knew, as when my grandparents used to take us to the frozen over tennis courts to skate on where we grew up in Chicago, I remember them saying “There’s the next Sonja Henie!” (I think I needed a third skate for my behind though, as I wasn’t very good!) This solitary young girl reminds me of those days.

(Remember if you click on the underlined name, you can get to the entire Picasa album and see the original set too!)

Although she is simple, I like her a lot. The tab on the bottom of her skate is to leave place for the stand that will be added later on when the set is completed. I hope you enjoy her!

Lets give Sonja a story:

Sonja is the second of five children in her family. Because she had an older brother and her three brothers and sister that followed, she was lost in the mix. Her older brother was very smart and first in his class. Sonja always followed him in the school system, having to put up with the teacher’s high expectations of a level of performance that they had come to expect from her brother. This made it difficult for her, as she was not the scholarly type.

She was, however very athletic and graceful. Although she was small in size, her strength allowed her to do things that many would not think she was capable of. When she was six years old, she first tried ice skating and absolutely loved it. She learned quickly and now glides on the ice like a swan on a pond. In the winter, she practices at the ice pond every chance she can, in hopes of someday becoming a professional figure skater.

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

One day, Sonja’s dream will surely come true.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 01:57 PM

These are very nice. Please excuse my ignorance but this is a little out of my field. These are scroll saw patterns and so these might be used in a Christmas decoration for example. Perhaps in one of those quaint little villages that people make out of wood to pace on a table or mantle during the holidays. Is that correct? I have not done a whole lot of scroll work but I can see how it might be a fun hobby.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 02:14 PM

Very goood work, Sheila. Waiting in aticipation for the next

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 02:14 PM

You are absolutely right. :)

This series is of a project that I designed which will be a Victorian Skating Pond scene. It consists of several separate pieces that will center around a larger dimensional tree. The pond will be made of Birch plywood, which is painted with specialty acrylic paints that are widely available at general craft places like Michael’s. I use pearl paints so that the base resembles ice and I use thin fleece to look like snow. You will be able to set the scene up on a mantle or a table or under your tree and can size it to suit your purposes.

The figures are cut on a scroll saw from 1/8” Baltic birch plywood and then lightly sanded and painted. The painting is not difficult, and I am writing full instructions so that anyone can recreate the scene. I also will include instructions for basic painting skills so that even a beginner can be successful in making this.

The cutting itself is quite simple, as you are just cutting the perimeter of the pieces. They can also be stacked so that you can cut several sets at once.

It is a lot of fun and a nice hobby for a beginner or a couple to share. The finished project will be one that will be hopefully kept in the family for years.

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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