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Candy Corn Segmentation

Here’s a fun little project, jut in time for Halloween.  I used a cedar fence board to make these cute segmented candy corns.  It features a rough and rustic look.  I show you how to add a aged patina to the project for a vintage folk art feel.  This project can be easily batched out and finished very quickly to add to your spooky Halloween decor.  Enjoy the video!

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Build Instructions:


1First, sand down some cedar fence boards from the home center ($2-3/board) with 80 grit sandpaper. Don’t sand it completely smooth, just enough to remove the splinters. We want it rough.


2 Sketch out the basic candy corn shape. It’s just a triangle with rounded corners. Two curved lines in the middle make up the candy corn color bands.


3Cut the board down to something more manageable.


4bCut them out on the scroll saw. I’m using a #9 scroll-reverse blade. Cut out the perimeter first, then come back and do the bands. Keep each set of pieces together.


5With a rotary tool and a small sanding drum, knock off the edges. Be a little rough with them so to give them an aged and worn look.


6Time to add paint. The bottom is orange, middle is yellow, and the top is white. Don’t get hung up on getting it perfect.


7With 80 grit sandpaper, sand each piece. Sand away the paint on the edges and high areas revealing some bare wood.


8Glue your pieces together. I’m using wood glue. They don’t need clamps, but be sure to clean out any glue squeeze out.


9aTime to add the weathering. I use a medium wood stain and paint it on really thick. With a clean rag, wipe off the excess and set aside to cure.


10 I use furniture wax to soften the feel and protect the wood. Glop it on thick and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then with a clean rag, buff off the extra wax. I use a toothbrush to get the wax out of the cracks and crevices. Set aside to cure.


11The wax will build up in the recesses, giving some parts a cloudy look. You can use a heat gun to melt the wax and let it soak back into the wood.


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Setting Table Tilt On Your Scroll Saw

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This episode, I cover different ways of setting accurate angles when tilting the table of your scroll saw.  I cover the use of the built-in angle gauge on your scroll saw, using a inexpensive protractor, a paper protractor and it’s advantages, a digital angle gauge, and using your smart phone to dial in the exact angle right for your project.

Links to things I mentioned in this episode:

  • Download the FREE paper protractor template here.
  • Wixey Angle Gauge – This is my favorite method to find angles. Plus it’s very useful in other parts of the shop.

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On with the show!

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Moving Elements With GIMP

It’s been awhile since I put one of these tutorial videos together, so I thought I’d do a quick pattern tip video. Docupton on Scroll Saw Village shared a portrait pattern he was working on using GIMP. He did an amazing job on it and really captured his subject matter. The only comment I had was the amount of space between the girl and boy. Naturally, he was working from a photo and didn’t have any control over the composition. But in this video, I demonstrate an easy way to close that gap between the two subjects to create a stronger composition.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own scroll saw portrait patterns using the free program GIMP, there is a free class at Scroll Saw Village.

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Child Safe Finish For Toys

With all the news of toxic chemicals in toys made over seas, child-safe finishes have become a hot topic.  Cynthia Lewman from Toymaker Press put together a really nice tutorial on how to make your own non-toxic, child safe finish for toys.  This finish will display the beauty of the wood, but won’t hurt the little ones if they decide to chew on the toy before playing with it.  Be sure to check out Toymaker Press for some really cool toy patterns, too.

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I Take Plastic

Square Credit Card ReaderAs crafters and artists, we get to the point where we start selling our work.  Either at craft fairs, or word of mouth.  But, since most of us don’t make a living at selling our work, options like accepting credit cards is practically non-existent.  Until now.  Square is a really neat credit card processing service that allows anybody to take credit cards.  This works especially well for crafters and artists who want to sell their work.  When you sign up, they send you a free credit card swiper that plugs into the audio jack of your smart phone (supports Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).  Then you link your bank account to your Square account.  That’s it.  You’re open for business.

When you make a sale, you simply swipe their credit card.  You type in the amount, description and even take a picture of the product you’re selling.  Hit submit, and you’re done!  You can even email or SMS the reciept to the customer.

When Square processes the payment, they charge you 2.75% transaction fee (all credit card processors charge this if not more).  The next day, the money is transferred into your bank account.

Hardly anybody carries cash anymore.  Now you can say, “That’s OK.  I take plastic!”

Check it out!

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Stack Cutting and Painting Your Projects

Many of us are afraid of painting our projects.  You may not know where to even start.  Well, here is a really neat series by Sheila Landry.  She shows you each step of the way from preparing the pattern, stack cutting, and painting a snowman for a winter scene. You can find the pattern she’s working on here.   Speaking of which, be sure to check out her other patterns, too.  She has a lot of great designs. On with the show!


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